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Mathematics in Ten Lessons
by Jerry P. King.
The Grand Tour of Pure, Blissful Logic
Perry P. King surprises the reader by enlightenment during a ten-lesson marathon beginning with fundamental of logical operators, through number theory, on to probability and calculus. There’s something for the taste of any mathematical palate. He illustrates pi and e (the natural logarithm), which enjoy special status. Not only are they true, irrational numbers, aside from the square roots of primes, Ferdinand Lindemann and Charles Hermite proved pi and e, respectfully, are transcendental.
It’s remarkable when a mathematician illustrates pi by drawing on sequences that calculate an approximation. It’s even more prodigious when he shows how to calculate e. Unlike pi, which can be explained by comparing the circumference to the diameter of a circle (pi=c/d), e is the limit of the sequence (1+1/n) to the nth power as n approaches infinity. A mouthful!
Mathematics is full of paradoxical arguments, too. He lists and explains six of the more famous ones. The author also tells the story of 10 year-old Carl Friedrich Gauss, who single-handedly solved the sum of a sequence problem by realizing multiple pairs within the scope of elementary school, shocking his teacher.
Philosophically, King succeeds to take you on “The Grand Tour.”
Quod erat demonstrandum (Q.E.D.)