id: 06535144
dt: b
an: 2016d.00003
au: O’Shea, Owen
ti: The call of the primes. Surprising patterns, peculiar puzzles, and other
marvels of mathematics.
so: Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books (ISBN 978-1-63388-148-8/pbk). 330~p. (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books
la: EN
cc: A20 A80 F60
ut: magic squares; Pythagorean triples; mathematical puzzles; transcendental
numbers; sequences
ci:
li:
ab: Magic squares, primes, Pythagorean triples, ubiquitous mathematical
entities, intriguing patterns, mathematical puzzles, transcendental
numbers, interesting mathematical equations, all are included in this
very interesting book. The writer tries to pass his enthusiasm for
mathematics to the reader who is turned off by math, yet he obtains to
keep also the attention of a mathematician through the simple way that
he presents entertaining mathematical diversions. The content of the
book can be easily introduced to the classroom by high-school teachers,
while these students will enjoy it hopefully. As the author says: “If
you can gain a person’s interest in a subject and show him that he
really can grow actually to like it, then there is a very high
probability that he will become good at the relevant subject and even
excel in it", and we should have in mind that he is not a mathematician
himself.
rv: Panayiotis Vlamos (Athena)