The Mystery of Numbers

Author: Annemarie Schimmel

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195089196

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 314

View: 1737

In this fascinating book Schimmel shows that numbers have been filled with mystery and meaning since the earliest times, and across every society. She conducts an illuminating tour of the mysteries attributed to numbers and their symbolism. 45 halftones; 64 linecuts.

Hidden Attraction

The History and Mystery of Magnetism

Author: Gerrit L. Verschuur

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195106555

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 7429

Looks at the history of magnets and magnetism, discussing its discovery, its many uses, and individuals involved with its development

Wonders of Numbers

Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195348002

Category: Mathematics

Page: 417

View: 2532

Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers. Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on a remote island and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

The Mystery of Allegra

Author: Peter Foreman

Publisher: Oxford University

ISBN: 9780194229807

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 56

View: 320

Allegra is an unusual name. It means 'happy' in Italian, but the little girl in this story is sometimes very sad. She is only five years old, but she tells Adrian, her new friend, that she is going to die soon. How does she know ? And who is the other Allegra ? The girl in a long white nightdress, who has golden hair and big blue eyes. The girl who tomes only at night, and whose hands and face are cold, so cold...

On Divination and Synchronicity

The Psychology of Meaningful Chance

Author: Marie-Luise von Franz

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 123

View: 3409

Penetrating study of the psychological aspects of time, number and methods of divining fate such as the I Ching, astrology, Tarot, palmistry, dice, etc., contrasting Western scientific attitudes with those of the Chinese and so-called primitives. Diagrams.

The Book of Marvels and Travels

Author: John Mandeville,Anthony Bale

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199600600

Category: History

Page: 178

View: 8835

In his Book of Marvels and Travels, Sir John Mandeville describes a journey from Europe to Jerusalem and on into Asia, and the many wonderful and monstrous peoples and practices in the East. A captivating blend of fact and fantasy, Mandeville's Book is newly translated in an edition that brings us closer to Mandeville's worldview.

Medieval Number Symbolism

Its Sources, Meaning, and Influence on Thought and Expression

Author: Vincent Foster Hopper

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486414300

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 241

View: 6530

In this classic study, a noted scholar reveals "how deeply rooted in medieval thought was the consciousness of numbers, not as mathematical tools, nor yet as the counters in a game, but as fundamental realities, alive with memories and eloquent with meaning."

Closing the Gap

Author: Vicky Neale

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198788282

Category: Mathematics

Page: 208

View: 3948

Since 2013, mathematicians from around the world have made dramatic progress on a problem in number theory that goes back centuries, the Twin Primes Conjecture, which asserts that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers that differ by 2 (for example, 17 and 19 is such a pair). This book describes two stories: that of the recent work on the Twin Primes Conjecture, and in parallel the related ideas around primes from the previous two thousand years of mathematics.

The Mystery of Manor Hall - With Audio Starter Level Oxford Bookworms Library

Author: Jane Cammack

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0194631206

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 48

View: 589

A Starter level Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read. Written for Learners of English by Jane Cammack. Manor Hall is an old dark house with a mystery. Nobody can go into the music room. But one night Tom and Milly hear something. The noise is coming from the music room. Tom and Milly open the door. Someone in the music room is singing. Tom and Milly are afraid, but they can't move. Can Tom and Milly discover the mystery of Manor Hall?

The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing

Author: Rosemary Herbert

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195072396

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 535

View: 1412

"Entertaining and authoritative, this alphabetically arranged companion is an indispensable reference guide to crime and mystery writing. Unique in its biographical and critical treatment of major detective writers, it is a comprehensive digest to the gen

Finding Zero

A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers

Author: Amir D. Aczel

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466879106

Category: Mathematics

Page: 256

View: 6866

The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. Finding Zero is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride. The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero—the keystone of our entire system of numbers—on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves—who finally reveal where our numbers come from.

The Mysteries of the Real Prime

Author: M. J. Shai Haran

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198508687

Category: Mathematics

Page: 240

View: 3453

Highly topical and original monograph, introducing the author's work on the Riemann zeta function and its adelic interpretation of interest to a wide range of mathematicians and physicists.


Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon

Author: Stephen R. Wilk

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199887736

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 5644

Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns those who gaze upon her to stone, is one of the most popular and enduring figures of Greek mythology. Long after many other figures from Greek myth have been forgotten, she continues to live in popular culture. In this fascinating study of the legend of Medusa, Stephen R. Wilk begins by refamiliarizing readers with the story through ancient authors and classical artwork, then looks at the interpretations that have been given of the meaning of the myth through the years. A new and original interpretation of the myth is offered, based upon astronomical phenomena. The use of the gorgoneion, the Face of the Gorgon, on shields and on roofing tiles is examined in light of parallels from around the world, and a unique interpretation of the reality behind the gorgoneion is suggested. Finally, the history of the Gorgon since tlassical times is explored, culminating in the modern use of Medusa as a symbol of Female Rage and Female Creativity.

The Oxford Book of Prayer

Author: George Appleton

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199561230

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 416

View: 3697

An attractive reissue of the late Bishop George Appleton's celebrated selection of over 1,100 prayers from many centuries and many traditions, including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Iranian, Shinto, Classical Greek and Latin, native American, and Bahá'í. Includes a subject index as well as an index of authors and sources.

A Course in Number Theory

Author: H. E. Rose

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198523765

Category: Mathematics

Page: 398

View: 1787

The second edition of this undergraduate textbook is now available in paperback. Covering up-to-date as well as established material, it is the only textbook which deals with all the main areas of number theory, taught in the third year of a mathematics course. Each chapter ends with a collection of problems, and hints and sketch solutions are provided at the end of the book, together with useful tables.

The Number Mysteries

A Mathematical Odyssey through Everyday Life

Author: Marcus du Sautoy

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230120280

Category: Mathematics

Page: 272

View: 7059

Every time we download music, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our cell phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. In The Number Mysteries, one of our generation's foremost mathematicians Marcus du Sautoy offers a playful and accessible examination of numbers and how, despite efforts of the greatest minds, the most fundamental puzzles of nature remain unsolved. Du Sautoy tells about the quest to predict the future—from the flight of asteroids to an impending storm, from bending a ball like Beckham to forecasting population growth. He brings to life the beauty behind five mathematical puzzles that have contributed to our understanding of the world around us and have helped develop the technology to cope with it. With loads of games to play and puzzles to solve, this is a math book for everyone.

The Littlehampton Libels

A Miscarriage of Justice and a Mystery about Words in 1920s England

Author: Christopher Hilliard

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192520253

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 928

The Littlehampton Libels tells the story of a poison-pen mystery that led to a miscarriage of justice in the years following the First World War. There would be four criminal trials before the real culprit was finally punished, with the case challenging the police and the prosecuting lawyers as much any capital crime. When a leading Metropolitan Police detective was tasked with solving the case, he questioned the residents of the seaside town of Littlehampton about their neighbours' vocabularies, how often they wrote letters, what their handwriting was like, whether they swore — and how they swore, for the letters at the heart of the case were often bizarre in their abuse. The archive that the investigation produced shows in extraordinary detail how ordinary people could use the English language in inventive and surprising ways at a time when universal literacy was still a novelty. Their personal lives, too, had surprises. The detective's inquiries and the courtroom dramas laid bare their secrets and the intimate details of neighbourhood and family life. Drawing on these records, The Littlehampton Libels traces the tangles of devotion and resentment, desire and manipulation, in a working-class community. We are used to emotional complexity in books about the privileged, but history is seldom able to recover the inner lives of ordinary people in this way.

The Mystery of Economic Growth

Author: Elhanan Helpman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674038568

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 1581

Far more than an intellectual puzzle for pundits, economists, and policymakers, economic growth--its makings and workings--is a subject that affects the well-being of billions of people around the globe. In The Mystery of Economic Growth, Elhanan Helpman discusses the vast research that has revolutionized understanding of this subject in recent years, and summarizes and explains its critical messages in clear, concise, and accessible terms. The tale of growth economics, as Helpman tells it, is organized around a number of themes: the importance of the accumulation of physical and human capital; the effect of technological factors on the rate of this accumulation; the process of knowledge creation and its influence on productivity; the interdependence of the growth rates of different countries; and, finally, the role of economic and political institutions in encouraging accumulation, innovation, and change. One of the leading researchers of economic growth, Helpman succinctly reviews, critiques, and integrates current research--on capital accumulation, education, productivity, trade, inequality, geography, and institutions--and clarifies its relevance for global economic inequities. In particular, he points to institutions--including property rights protection, legal systems, customs, and political systems--as the key to the mystery of economic growth. Solving this mystery could lead to policies capable of setting the poorest countries on the path toward sustained growth of per capita income and all that that implies--and Helpman's work is a welcome and necessary step in this direction.