The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures

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By Malba Tahan
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
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A collection of famous mathematical puzzles, taken from a popular newspaper column, features the writings of the fictional author, Malba Tahan, who describes different mathematical puzzles and solutions applied to real situations.Malba Tahan is the creation of a celebrated Brazilian mathematician who was looking for a way to bring some of the mysteries and delights of mathematics to a wider public. He turned out to be a born storyteller. The adventures of Beremiz Samir, The Man Who Counted, take the reader on an exotic journey in which, time and again, he summons his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, and win for himself fame and fortune. as we accompany him, we learn much of the history of famous mathematicisns who preceded him; we undergo a series of trials at the hands of the wise men of the day; and we come to admire the warm wisdom and patience that earn him the respect and affection of those whose problems he resolves so astutely. In the grace of their telling, these stories hold unusual delights for the reader.

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53504 words53,504 words
256 pages256 pages
Published 1993Published 1993
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