Math's infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this follow-up to the best-selling "The Science Book." Beginning millions of years ago with ancient "ant odometers" and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic gets a lavishly illustrated spread with stunning color art, along with formulas and concepts, fascinating facts about scientists' lives, and real-world applications of the theorems.
Clifford A. Pickover received his PhD from Yale in Biophysics and Biochemistry and has written more than 40 books and over 200 articles. Currently, he is a writer, editor for a scientific journal and serves on the editorial board for Odyssey, Leonardo, and YLEM.