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The Resource The Zen of magic squares, circles, and stars : an exhibition of surprising structures across dimensions, Clifford A. Pickover

The Zen of magic squares, circles, and stars : an exhibition of surprising structures across dimensions, Clifford A. Pickover

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The Zen of magic squares, circles, and stars : an exhibition of surprising structures across dimensions
Title
The Zen of magic squares, circles, and stars
Title remainder
an exhibition of surprising structures across dimensions
Statement of responsibility
Clifford A. Pickover
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Humanity's love affair with mathematics and mysticism reached a critical juncture, legend has it, on the back of a turtle in ancient China. As Clifford Pickover briefly recounts in this enthralling book, the most comprehensive in decades on magic squares, Emperor Yu was supposedly strolling along the Yellow River one day around 2200 B.C. when he spotted the creature: its shell had a series of dots within squares. To Yu's amazement, each row of squares contained fifteen dots, as did the columns and diagonals. When he added any two cells opposite along a line through the center square, like 2 and 8, he always arrived at 10. The turtle, unwitting inspirer of the ''Yu'' square, went on to a life of courtly comfort and fame. Pickover explains why Chinese emperors, Babylonian astrologer-priests, prehistoric cave people in France, and ancient Mayans of the Yucatan were convinced that magic squares--arrays filled with numbers or letters in certain arrangements--held the secret of the universe. Since the dawn of civilization, he writes, humans have invoked such patterns to ward off evil and bring good fortune. Yet who would have guessed that in the twenty-first century, mathematicians would be studying magic squares so immense and in so many dimensions that the objects defy ordinary human contemplation and visualization? Readers are treated to a colorful history of magic squares and similar structures, their construction, and classification along with a remarkable variety of newly discovered objects ranging from ornate inlaid magic cubes to hypercubes. Illustrated examples occur throughout, with some patterns from the author's own experiments. The tesseracts, circles, spheres, and stars that he presents perfectly convey the age-old devotion of the math-minded to this Zenlike quest. Number lovers, puzzle aficionados, and math enthusiasts will treasure this rich and lively encyclopedia of one of the few areas of mathematics where the contributions of even nonspecialists count
Cataloging source
E7B
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Pickover, Clifford A
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Magic squares
  • Mathematical recreations
  • MATHEMATICS
  • MATHEMATICS
  • Magic squares
  • Mathematical recreations
Label
The Zen of magic squares, circles, and stars : an exhibition of surprising structures across dimensions, Clifford A. Pickover
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; THE ZEN OF MAGIC SQUARES, CIRCLES, AND STARS; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; CHAPTER ONE Magic Construction; CHAPTER TWO Classification; CHAPTER THREE Gallery 1: Squares, Cubes, and Tesseracts; CHAPTER FOUR Gallery 2: Circles and Spheres; CHAPTER FIVE Gallery 3: Stars, Hexagons, and Other Beauties; Some Final Thoughts; Notes; For Further Reading; Index; About the Author
Control code
ocn774285469
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 405 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400841516
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/cttz1qn
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)774285469
Label
The Zen of magic squares, circles, and stars : an exhibition of surprising structures across dimensions, Clifford A. Pickover
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; THE ZEN OF MAGIC SQUARES, CIRCLES, AND STARS; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; CHAPTER ONE Magic Construction; CHAPTER TWO Classification; CHAPTER THREE Gallery 1: Squares, Cubes, and Tesseracts; CHAPTER FOUR Gallery 2: Circles and Spheres; CHAPTER FIVE Gallery 3: Stars, Hexagons, and Other Beauties; Some Final Thoughts; Notes; For Further Reading; Index; About the Author
Control code
ocn774285469
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 405 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400841516
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/cttz1qn
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)774285469

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