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Adam Spencer's book of numbers

Author: Adam Spencer
Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, 2004.
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How many people do you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common? Why is 70 weird, and what can we do about it? How can 56 people eat 1 pizza? In 100 bite-size chapters of no more than three pages each, Adam Spencer gives each number, 1 to 100, its place in the limelight. For example, take 65. It's the constant of a 5 x 5 "magic square" -- a square that contains the numbers 1 to 25, where all the rows  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Puzzles and games
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Spencer
ISBN: 9781568582894 1568582897
OCLC Number: 54447394
Description: xi, 164 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. The snail's sex life - Kentucky cleanliness laws - TV firsts --
2. Prime numbers - Yin and Yang - the Analytical Engine --
3. Fibonacci numbers - big eggs - the 3 dimensions - South Park - girl pop groups --
4. The Sioux - base-4 systems Shiva's arms - the national anthem of San Marino --
Tetris - pantomimes - angry Pythagoreans - boy harmony groups --
6. Perfect numbers - hexagons - Charlie's Angels --
7. Messene Primes - deadly sins - a Vulcan's sex life --
8. Leonardo of Pisa - Americans and fuel energy - chocolate bars - the diatonic scale --
9. Divisibility by 9 - the magic square - Genghis Khan - The Young Ones --
10. Base 10 - decimation in Roman armies - the Sex Pistols - a taste bud --
11. Number patterns - Tim Tams - Spartan Dionysian's - Spinal Tap --
12. Abundant numbers - snails and sex (part II) - Faulty Towers - the chromatic scale --
13. Parastichies - triskaidekaphobia --
Louis XIII --
14. The garden pea - French kings again - Barbara Bel Geddes --
15. Triangular numbers - pool - Andy Warhol --
16. Leonhard Euler- an , de , ti, go, su , by, ra, ni, ko, hu, vy, la, po, fy, and ton - Elvis --
17. Fermant numbers - Islam - Arnold Schwarzenegger --
18. Lucas numbers - Whirling Dervishes - cats --
19. Divisibility by 19 - nonadekaphobia in Ancient Babylon - Go --
20. Base-20 systems - the biggest icosahedron - unfriendly football - Seinfeld - the Beach Boys --
21. Snooker - beer in America - Halloween - elephants --
22. Pentagonal numbers - pi - catch-22 --
23. What to do in bed - probability - red kangaroos --
24. Factorials - aleph to tof - Las Vegas - the Bee Gees --
25. Lucky numbers - party guests --
26. Palindromic squares - John Keats and Aubrey Beardsley - Croatian Monopoly --
27. Octillions - rock mortality --
28. Ulam numbers - dominoes --
29. Pizza cutting - floccinaucinihilipilification --
30. Primarily - lunar months - Lego --
31. Largest Messene prime - mathematics and the leech --
32. Crosswords - freezing - Bart Simpson --
33. Factorials again - AD/DC - The 2000-pound bee --
34. Magic squares again - Ren and Stimpy --
35. Hexominoes - Samuel Beckett - crocodile eggs --
36. Homer Simpson - highly composite numbers - Kiss --
37. Centered hexagonal numbers - the 4 corners of the world - vending machine death --
38. The Magic hexagon - the shortest war - James Bond --
39. Uninteresting - pi again - South Park again --
40. Bachet's problem - 40 days and 40 nights - the average cow --
41. Euler again - Jane Austen - middle-child syndrome - Mozart --
42. Partitioning - the tragic tale of Masao Asano - Deep Thought --
43. Prime Numbers again - Interview with the Vampire --
44. Hat swapping - Dirt Harry - how well can you smell? --
45. Kaprekar numbers - 2200 match heads and the human body - Sharon Stone --
46. The longest year on record - the longest sausage on record --
47. Ulam numbers again - the Moops - Marilyn Monroe --
48. Betrothed numbers - potatoes - piglets - Ferris Bueller's Day Off --
49. Perfect squares - hippo record --
50. Sums of squares - Baywatch - The Love Boat - Star Trek - termite records --
51. Get Smart - lucky numbers again --
52. Untouchable numbers - suitable gifts for Grandma - Napoleon --
53. Iodine - a calculating genius - Africa --
54. Rubik's cube - Steady Eddie et al - Elvis again - Studio 54 --
55. Pyramidal numbers - moon shake shock --
56. Tetrahedrons --
57. Henry Heinz's range of sauces - insect record - the AJALSI --
58. Mercury and Venus - the Eocene age --
59. Baseball - Euler again - the Great Year - Komodo gragons - human cannonballs --
60. Base-60 systems - equilateral triangles - darts - eggs again --
61. Twin Primes - Diophantine equations - UFO sightings --
62. Baseball again - Muhammad - Elvis Again --
63. Conquering Mount Alvernia - Funniest Home Videos - cats and dogs --
64. Second 6th power - chess and zugzwang - binary numbers --
65. Magic squares again - Jackie Chan - sharks --
66. Palindromic triangular numbers - Brazil 77 et al - Micah of the Old Testament --
67. Right-angled triangles - Fermat's Last Theorem --
68. 7 May 1980 at Fishkill correctional Centre - Wall Street - guinea pigs - Dad's Army --
69. Amazing fact about its square and cube --
70. Weird numbers 0 the Brorsen-Metcald comet --
71. Euclid's proof - standing-on-1-foot record - water - elephants again --
72. 5th power fact - Scooby Doo - useless facts about Louis XIV - The Brady Bunch --
73. Challenger - The Brady Bunch again --
74. Beethoven's Ninth - grey power - Muhammad Ali --
75. Clint Eastwood - car radios --
76. Lucas numbers again - automorphic numbers - major disappointments of our time --
77. Factorials again - Eraserhead - Efrem Zimbalist Jr et al - 1984 --
78. Triangular numbers and squares - Heng's seismoscope --
79. The Analytical Engine again - Captain Kirk --
80. Healthy flamingoes - beef versus fruit - the Colosseum - the magic Star of David --
81. Amazing Fact about 81 - Mr. Burns --
82. Composite odd numbers - lead --
83. Zerah Colburn's trick - lightning strikes - Will Robinson --
84. Diophantus's Tombstone - 1984 again --
85. Madonna in frock shock --
86. Amazing fact about the 86th power - Get Smart again - the World's GDP --
87. Aristarchus speaks - particles in the universe - frightened cricketers --
88. Starsky and Hutch - growing old on Mercury - icebergs --
89. The loop - Fibonacci numbers again - the Golden Ratio - Macbeth --
90. Degrees - cows, bullfrogs and lions - shy Americans --
91. Pseudo primes - Skippy - tennis - cabbage --
92. The 3x+1 problem - Surinam - uranium --
93. The sun - the elements - Joachim Pecci - car-stealing --
94. Goldbach's conjecture --
95. Americium and smoke detectors - Saturn - Kevin Bacon --
96. Batgirl - Archimedes --
97. Divorce record - the Hindenburg - where to swing a cat --
98. DNA - Uranus and Mars - eggs again - marathon record - Gilligan's Island --
99. Agent 99 - Kaprekar numbers again - Finnish phone habits - Barbwire - photocopying --
100. Googols - MacGyver - Sid Vicious -Scrabble - ballet dancers' versus joggers' shoes.
Other Titles: Book of numbers
Responsibility: [Adam Spencer].
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How many people do you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common? Why is 70 weird, and what can we do about it? How can 56 people eat 1 pizza? In 100 bite-size chapters of no more than three pages each, Adam Spencer gives each number, 1 to 100, its place in the limelight. For example, take 65. It's the constant of a 5 x 5 "magic square" -- a square that contains the numbers 1 to 25, where all the rows and columns and each diagonal add up to 65. Elizabeth Taylor had 65 costume changes in Cleopatra. And sharks can travel up to 65 kilometers per hour (about 40 mph). After reading Adam Spencer's Book of Numbers, readers will never look at numbers the same way again.

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