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By C. Pickover

ISBN-10: 0471690988

ISBN-13: 9780471690986

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The 1998 cult movie titled π stars a mathematical genius who is fascinated by numbers and their role in the cosmos, the stock market, and Jewish mysticism. According to the movie, what is God’s number? ) Mathematics and romance. What romantic comedy has the most complicated mathematics ever portrayed in a movie? ) Greek death. Why did the ancient Greeks and other cultures believe 8 to be a symbol of death? ) Numbers, History, Society, and People 35 The mechanical Pascaline. One example of an early computing machine is Blaise Pascal’s wheel computer called a Pascaline.

A typical game lasts for about a minute, and the chicken seems to be trained to peck at an X or an O, depending on the human’s moves. Supposedly, the tic-tac-toe-playing chickens work in shifts of one to two hours to avoid stressing the animals. Various animal-rights advocates have protested the use of chickens in tic-tac-toe games. Can a chicken actually learn to play tic-tactoe? ) Mathematics and God. “God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists since we cannot prove the consistency” (Morris Kline, Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times, 1990).

About fifty models were made. The Matrix. What number is on Agent Smith’s license plate in the movie The Matrix Reloaded? Why? ) At the movies. What famous book and movie title contains a number that is greater than 18,000 and less then 38,000? ) The mathematical life. “The mathematician lives long and lives young; the wings of the soul do not early drop off, nor do its 36 A Passion for Mathematics pores become clogged with the earthly particles blown from the dusty highways of vulgar life” (James Joseph Sylvester, 1814–1897, a professor of mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, 1869 address to the British Mathematical Association).

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