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by Eugene Purdy Northrop

  • Author: Eugene Purdy Northrop
  • ISBN: 0442060785
  • ISBN13: 978-0442060787
  • ePub: 1689 kb | FB2: 1108 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science & Mathematics
  • Publisher: Krieger Pub Co (June 1, 1975)
  • Rating: 4.3/5
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Riddles in Mathematics: A Book of Paradoxes ePub download

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Eugene P. Northrop (1908-69) was the William Rainey Harper Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, where he taught for 17 years and served as. .The best books of this type engage the reader in an adventure

Eugene P. Northrop (1908-69) was the William Rainey Harper Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, where he taught for 17 years and served as Associate Dean. The best books of this type engage the reader in an adventure. The literary style is clear and natural, not pedantic, but it has little trace of the style of the more exuberant authors. Rereading this as an adult, I was somewhat less impressed. There is an excellent introduction that brings the material up to date, but some of the sections are musty nonetheless.

Riddles in Mathematics book. Eventually, they settled upon Riddles in Mathematics: A Book of Paradoxes. Two fathers and two sons leave town. To Northrop, a paradox is Anything which offhand appears to be true, but is actually false; or which is simply self-contradictory. This form of paradox is merely a misunderstanding, a mistake made by someone who is talking too fast and thinking too superficially. To me, a paradox is not simply a mistake in calculation, but something deeper.

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Riddles in Mathematics - Eugene P Northrop. 1. What Is a Paradox? TWO fathers and two sons leave town. This reduces the population of the town by three. False? No, true-provided the trio consists of father, son, and grandson. A bookworm starts at the outside of the front cover of volume I of a certain set of books and eats his way to the outside of the back cover of volume III. If each volume is one inch thick, he must travel three inches in all. True?

Автор: Northrop, Eugene Название: Riddles in Mathematics: A Book of Paradoxes Издательство: Dover . This entertaining collection consists of more than 200 such riddles, drawn from every branch of mathematics.

This entertaining collection consists of more than 200 such riddles, drawn from every branch of mathematics.

I first read it in 1972 when I was training to become a Secondary school mathematics teacher. It was an OLD book then, as it was first published in 1944 - amazing that war-time conditions still allowed room for a book that seems to be so off-beam. It was, for decades, a Penguin/Pelican "classic" - and so it should be. The Contents list may be taken as a glimpse of its riches.

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Math enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy sharpening their wits with riddles rooted in areas from arithmetic to calculus . Mr. Northrop writes well and simply. Every so often he will illuminate his discussion with an amusing example.

Math enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy sharpening their wits with riddles rooted in areas from arithmetic to calculus, covering a wide range of subjects that includes geometry, trigonometry, algebra, concepts of the infinite, probability, and logic. But only an elementary knowledge of mathematics is needed to find amusement in this imaginative collection, which features complete solutions and more than 100 black-and-white illustrations. Every so often he will illuminate his discussion with an amusing example

Presents over two hundred brain-teasers drawn from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus
Cha
I first read this book 40 years ago when I was 12 and I enjoyed it again this time. A great book to enjoy the beauty of mathematcs.
Nayatol
I read the original edition of this book as a child and found it educational but lacking the spark of similar works by Martin Gardner,Yakov Perelman and Raymond Smullyan, among others. It is by no means dull, it suffers only in comparison to the great mathematical popularizers. It's like a class from a really good mathematics teacher who finds clever and interesting ways to teach the subject, but he's still teaching a subject. The best books of this type engage the reader in an adventure. The literary style is clear and natural, not pedantic, but it has little trace of the style of the more exuberant authors.

Rereading this as an adult, I was somewhat less impressed. There is an excellent introduction that brings the material up to date, but some of the sections are musty nonetheless. The mathematics are timeless, of course, but many applications and illustrations have old-fashioned feels to them. How many people today will follow the discussion of a person removing his vest without taking off his coat? Or have the familiarity with a WWII-era locomotive necessary to enjoy paradoxical parts of its design? Part of it is due to the success of the book, the best treatments have been incorporated into other works and are now familiar. But some of it is that the author was writing to everyday experience of his imagined readers, not to their imaginations.

Despite these issues, this is still an excellent book for developing both mathematical thinking and mathematical knowledge, and having fun along the way. I recommend this book in addition to others.
Virn
Amusing: This book is an abundant source of mathematical jokes and riddles, to entertain the kids (and adults) at home and school. The stories of the unintentional currency-trader who kept himself supplied with razor blades, and the bear-hunter who was able to walk a three-sided square, come immediately to mind.
Educational: This book remains, though, a mathematics text, albeit presented in a fun way. It is, indeed, where I learned about topology.
Thought-Provoking: Above all, this book serves as a graphic warning to all would-be careless drivers on the roads of mathematics. The impression made by the stories in this book have most certainly made my mind more sensitive to the warning signs of division-by-zero in my algebra and of inadvertant, implicit assumptions in my proofs. It has also brought home to me the subjective, context-dependent nature of all mathematical definitions (for example that of "mean" in statistics).
This book will never grow old... it remains a pertinent now as in the year it was written.
Giamah
This is an excellent introduction to problems ranging from simple logic to complex mathematical.
I grew up on it & found it fascinating.
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