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The Mathematics of Oz
Mental Gymnastics from Beyond the Edge

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  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521700849

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  • Grab a pencil. Relax. Then take off on a mind-boggling journey to the ultimate frontier of math, mind, and meaning as acclaimed author Clifford Pickover, Dorothy, and Dr. Oz explore some of the oddest and quirkiest highways and byways of the numerically obsessed. The thought-provoking mysteries, puzzles, and problems range from zebra numbers and circular primes to Legion's number--a number so big that it makes a trillion pale in comparison. The strange mazes, bizarre consequences, and dizzying arrays of logic problems entertain readers at all levels of mathematical sophistication. The tests devised by enigmatic Dr. Oz to assess human intelligence will tease the brain of even the most avid puzzle fan. They feature a host of mathematical topics: geometry and mazes, sequences, series, sets, arrangements, probability and misdirection, number theory, arithmetic, and even several problems dealing with the physical world. With numerous illustrations, this is an original, fun-filled, and unusual introduction to numbers and their role in creativity, computers, games, practical research, and absurd adventures that teeter on the edge of logic and insanity. Clifford A. Pickover is the author of over twenty highly acclaimed books on such topics as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, and science fiction. Among his books are Computers, Pattern, Chaos, and Beauty (St. Martin's Press, 1990), Wonders of Numbers (Oxford University Press, 2000), Dreaming the Future (Prometheus, 2001), The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars (Princeton University Press, 2001), The Stars of Heaven (Oxford University Press, 2001), The Paradox of God and the Science of Omniscience (Palgrave, 2002). A Ph.D. graduate of Yale University, he is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, the associate editor for several journals, the author of colorful puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to adult and children's magazines. Pickover's computer graphics have been featured on the cover of many popular magazines and on T.V. shows.

    • Big name author who has written over 20 popular books plus puzzle columns for Discover and other popular magazines
    • New and unusual mathematical puzzles not found in standard collections
    • Lots of amusing original illustrations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Be ready for a wonderful experience as you go through the numerical adventures of Oz."
    Mathematics Teacher

    "Overall, this is a book of high quality puzzles...The solutions are very complete and understandable."
    The Mathematical Association of America Online

    "A stimulating romp through often mind-bending terrain."
    Science News

    "A perpetual idea machine, Clifford Pickover is one of the most creative, original thinkers in the world today."
    Journal of Recreational Mathematics

    "Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both."
    Wired

    "Filled with an abundance of complex mysteries."
    Paper Clips

    "A must for anyone interested in puzzles, brainteasers, and mathematical oddities--particularly those who have ever wondered how many Great Pyramids could be constructed from the bricks making up a yellow-brick road extending coast to coast across the US. Recommended."
    Choice

    "Readers cannot deny the wit, humor, and intelligent challenges Pickover demands of them. Those who love solving puzzles will surely appreciate the whimsy and the sport."
    Leonardo, 36(5), 2003

    "This text with its strange mazes, bizarre consequences, and dizzying arrays of logic problems would entertain readers at all levels of mathematical sophistication... An original, fun-filled, and unusual introduction to numbers and their rules in creativity, computers, games, practical research, and adventures that teeter on the edge of logic and amusement. Certainly, fans of recreational mathematics will enjoy this text that offers a range of challenging puzzles with a detailed and plain language answer keys for all puzzles."
    Medhat H. Raim, School Science and Mathematics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521700849
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 80 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Travel guide
    Preface
    Introduction
    Puzzles:
    1. The yellow-brick road
    2. Animal array
    3. An experiment with Kansas
    4. An experiment with signs
    5. The logic of greenness
    6. Magical maze
    7. Kansas railway contraction
    8. The problem of the bones
    9. Square overdrive
    10. Squares and cubes
    11. Plex's matrix
    12. Chaos at the clock factory
    13. The upsilon configuration
    14. Bone toss
    15. Animal farm courthouse
    16. Omega sphere
    17. Leg bone shatter produces triangle
    18. Z-bar ranch
    19. Mystery of phasers
    20. Salty number cycle
    21. Where are the composites?
    22. Brain trip
    23. The gaps of omicron
    24. Hutchinson problem
    25. Flint hill series
    26. Wacky tiles
    27. Toto clone puzzle
    28. Legion's number
    29. The problems of the tombs
    30. Plex's tiles
    31. Phasers on targets
    32. The chamber of death and despair
    33. Zebra irrationals
    34. Creatures in resin
    35. Prime-poor equations
    36. Number satellite
    37. Flatworm math
    38. Regolith paradox
    39.
    40. Entroy
    41. Animal gap
    42. Arranging alien heads
    43. Ramanujan congruences and the quest for transcendence
    44. Getting noticed
    45. Juggler numbers
    46. Friends from Mars
    47. Phi in four 4s
    48
    On planet zyph
    49. The jellyfish of europa
    50. Archeological dissection
    51. The gamma gambit
    52. Robot hand hive
    53. Ramanujan and the quattuordecillion
    54. Lunatic ferris wheel
    55. The ultimate spindle
    56. Prairie artifact
    57. Alien pellets
    58. The beauty of polygon slicing
    59. Cosmic call
    60. Knight moves
    61. Sphere
    62. Potawatomi target
    63. Sliders
    64. Swapping
    65. Triangle dissection
    66. A simple code
    67. Heterosquare
    68. Insertion
    69. Missing landscape
    70. The choice
    71. Animal selection
    72. The skeletal men of Uranus
    73. Hindbrain stimulation
    74. The arrays of absolution
    75. Trochophore abduction
    76. The dream pyramids of Missouri
    77. Mathematical flower petal
    78. Blood and water
    79. Cavern problems
    80. Three triplets
    81. Oos and oob gambit
    82. Napiform mathematics
    83. Toto, Mr. plex, elephant
    84. Witch overdrive
    85. What is art?
    86. Wendy magic square
    87. Heaven and hell
    88. The stars of heaven
    89. Vacation in the Tarantula nebula
    90. Hot lava
    91. Circular primes
    92. The truth about cats and dogs
    93. Disc mania
    94. N2+m2=s
    95. 2, 271, 2718281
    96. Android watch
    97. Knight moves
    98. Pool table gambit
    99. A connection between pi and e
    100. Venusian number bush
    101. Triangle cave
    102. Rat attack
    103. The scarecrow formula
    104. Circle math
    105. A, AB, ABA
    106. Ants and cheese
    107. The omega crystal
    108. Attack of undulating undecamorphs
    Epilog
    Further exploring
    For further reading
    About the author.

  • Author

    Clifford A. Pickover, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, New York
    Clifford A. Pickover received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of over twenty highly-acclaimed books on topics such as computers and creativity, art, mathematics, black holes, human behavior and intelligence, time travel, alien life, and science fiction. Pickover is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, is the associate editor for several journals, the author of colorful puzzle calendars, and puzzle contributor to magazines geared to children and adults. The Los Angeles Times recently wrote, 'Pickover has published nearly a book a year in which he stretches the limits of computers, art, and thought.' Wired magazine wrote, 'Bucky Fuller thought big, Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both.' Pickover's computer graphics have been featured on the cover of many popular magazines and on TV shows. His web site, www.pickover.com, has received over a half-million visits.

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