The Call of the Primes

The Call of the Primes

Surprising Patterns, Peculiar Puzzles, and Other Marvels of Mathematics

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This sampler of entertaining mathematical diversions reveals the elegance and extraordinary usefulness of mathematics for readers who think they have no aptitude for the subject. If you like any kind of game at all, you’ll enjoy the amazing mathematical puzzles and patterns presented here in straightforward terms that any layperson can understand. From magic squares and the mysterious qualities of prime numbers to Pythagorean triples, probability theory, the Fibonacci sequence, and more, the author shows that math can be fun while having some profound implications.

Such ubiquitous mathematical entities as pi and the Fibonacci numbers are found throughout the natural world and are also the foundation of our technological civilization. By exploring the intriguing games presented here, you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for the beauty and importance of these and many more math concepts.

This is the perfect book for people who were turned off by math in school but now as adults wonder what they may have missed.

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In this book, author Owen O’Shea presents readers with collection of problems and diversions designed to prove to those who feel they have no use or aptitude for mathematics that they have missed out on the wonder of such things as the Fibonacci sequence, Pascal’s triangle, transcendental numbers, and more. The author covers Pythagorean triples, the Monty Hall problem and other probability theory puzzles, the Lucas sequence, the triangular numbers, the square numbers, and many other related subjects. The author is employed by the Irish Government’s Department of Defence. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Amherst, New York :, Prometheus Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781633881488
Characteristics: 330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Sep 21, 2017

Any-one expecting this to be about number theory and primes will be sorely disappointed. The sub-title is more accurate, mainly puzzles and coincidences, occasionally descending into the swap of numerology.
If you are seriously interested in the subject of primes " The music of the primes" by Marcus du Sautoy is strongly recommended.


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