Single digits : in praise of small numbers
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Princeton ; Princeton University Press, 2015.
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Book
ISBN
9780691161143, 0691161143
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xii, 226 pages : illustrations, photographs
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Adult (4th Floor) - Adult Nonfiction
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Published
Princeton ; Princeton University Press, 2015.
Language
English
ISBN
9780691161143, 0691161143

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description
The numbers one through nine have remarkable mathematical properties and characteristics. For instance, why do eight perfect card shuffles leave a standard deck of cards unchanged? Are there really "six degrees of separation" between all pairs of people? And how can any map need only four colors to ensure that no regions of the same color touch? In "Single Digits," Marc Chamberland takes readers on a fascinating exploration of small numbers, from one to nine, looking at their history, applications, and connections to various areas of mathematics, including number theory, geometry, chaos theory, numerical analysis, and mathematical physics.
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Each chapter focuses on a single digit, beginning with easy concepts that become more advanced as the chapter progresses. Chamberland covers vast numerical territory, such as illustrating the ways that the number three connects to chaos theory, an unsolved problem involving Egyptian fractions, the number of guards needed to protect an art gallery, and problematic election results. He considers the role of the number seven in matrix multiplication, the Transylvania lottery, synchronizing signals, and hearing the shape of a drum. Throughout, he introduces readers to an array of puzzles, such as perfect squares, the four hats problem, Strassen multiplication, Catalan's conjecture, and so much more. The book's short sections can be read independently and digested in bite-sized chunks--especially good for learning about the Ham Sandwich Theorem and the Pizza Theorem.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Chamberland, M. (2015). Single digits: in praise of small numbers . Princeton University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Chamberland, Marc, 1964-. 2015. Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers. Princeton University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Chamberland, Marc, 1964-. Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers Princeton University Press, 2015.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Chamberland, Marc. Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers Princeton University Press, 2015.

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