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Benjamin Franklin's numbers : an unsung mathematical odyssey, Paul C. Pasles

Label
Benjamin Franklin's numbers : an unsung mathematical odyssey
Title
Benjamin Franklin's numbers
Title remainder
an unsung mathematical odyssey
Statement of responsibility
Paul C. Pasles
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Few American lives have been as celebrated--or as closely scrutinized--as that of Benjamin Franklin. Yet until now Franklin's biographers have downplayed his interest in mathematics, at best portraying it as the idle musings of a brilliant and ever-restless mind. In Benjamin Franklin's Numbers, Paul Pasles reveals a side of the iconic statesman, scientist, and writer that few Americans know--his mathematical side. In fact, Franklin indulged in many areas of mathematics, including number theory, geometry, statistics, and economics. In this generously illustrated book, Pasles gives us the first mathematical biography of Benjamin Franklin. He draws upon previously unknown sources to illustrate Franklin's genius for numbers as never before. Magic squares and circles were a lifelong fascination of Franklin's. Here, for the first time, Pasles gathers every one of these marvelous creations together in one place. He explains the mathematics behind them and Franklin's hugely popular Poor Richard's Almanac, which featured such things as population estimates and a host of mathematical digressions. Pasles even includes optional math problems that challenge readers to match wits with the bespectacled Founding Father himself --Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pasles, Paul C.
Dewey number
510.92
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QA24
LC item number
.P37 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Mathematics
  • Magic squares
  • Mathematical recreations
  • Magic squares
  • Mathematical recreations
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematik
  • USA
Label
Benjamin Franklin's numbers : an unsung mathematical odyssey, Paul C. Pasles
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The book Franklin never wrote -- A brief history of magic -- Almanacs and assembly -- Interlude: philomath math -- Publisher, theorist, inventor, innovator -- A visit to the country -- The mutation spreads (adventures among the English) -- Circling the square -- Newly unearthed discoveries -- Legacy
Control code
ocm77486019
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
254 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780691129563
Lccn
2006102508
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o77486019
  • (OCoLC)77486019
Label
Benjamin Franklin's numbers : an unsung mathematical odyssey, Paul C. Pasles
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The book Franklin never wrote -- A brief history of magic -- Almanacs and assembly -- Interlude: philomath math -- Publisher, theorist, inventor, innovator -- A visit to the country -- The mutation spreads (adventures among the English) -- Circling the square -- Newly unearthed discoveries -- Legacy
Control code
ocm77486019
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
254 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780691129563
Lccn
2006102508
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o77486019
  • (OCoLC)77486019

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