Benjamin Franklin's Numbers: An Unsung Mathematical OdysseyFew American lives have been as celebratedor as closely scrutinizedas 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 everrestless mind. In Benjamin Franklin's Numbers, Paul Pasles reveals a side of the iconic statesman, scientist, and writer that few Americans knowhis 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. Written for a general audience, this book assumes no technical skills beyond basic arithmetic.

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Contenido
The Book Franklin Never Wrote  1 
A Brief History of Magic  20 
Almanacs and Assembly  61 
Philomath Math  83 
Publisher Theorist Inventor Innovator  87 
A Visit to the Country  117 
The Mutation Spreads Adventures Among the English  141 
Circling the Square  
Newly Unearthed Discoveries  1 
Legacy  10 
Acknowledgments  
Appendix  
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Benjamin Franklin's Numbers: An Unsung Mathematical Odyssey Paul C. Pasles Vista previa limitada  2021 
Benjamin Franklin's Numbers: An Unsung Mathematical Odyssey Paul C. Pasles Vista previa limitada  2008 