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The Moment of Proof
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Table of Contents

I. RECALLING; II. COUNTING; III. BALANCING; IV. NUMBERING; V. WINNING

About the Author

Donald C. Benson is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis. He lives in Davis, California.

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"Rarely does one come across a mathematics book with such breadth and insight. Dr. Benson's book contains valuable information--not only for curious students and laypeople --but also for seasoned researchers. Particularly fascinating is the curious range of topics, from fractals and fiendishly difficult games to the mathematics of precariously-leaning brick towers! All the topics are sure to stimulate readers' imagination and sense of wonder at the incredible vastness of our mathematical universe." --Dr. Clifford Pickover, author of Time: A Traveler's Guide "A useful book, offering a rich collection of interesting and enjoyable mathematics." --Reuben Hersh, author of What is Mathematics, Really? "Donald Benson shows what mathematicians mean when they speak of the beauty of mathematics -- an artistic beauty of logical elegance and occassionally surprise." --Keith Devlin, author of The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible and Life by the Numbers "In The Moment of Proof: Mathematical Epiphanies Benson has written a welcome book full of elegance and charm, but not lacking in substance and depth....[The] epiphanies will not disappoint."--The American Mathematical Monthly "Rarely does one come across a mathematics book with such breadth and insight. Dr. Benson's book contains valuable information--not only for curious students and laypeople --but also for seasoned researchers. Particularly fascinating is the curious range of topics, from fractals and fiendishly difficult games to the mathematics of precariously-leaning brick towers! All the topics are sure to stimulate readers' imagination and sense of wonder at the incredible vastness of our mathematical universe." --Dr. Clifford Pickover, author of Time: A Traveler's Guide "A useful book, offering a rich collection of interesting and enjoyable mathematics." --Reuben Hersh, author of What is Mathematics, Really? "Donald Benson shows what mathematicians mean when they speak of the beauty of mathematics -- an artistic beauty of logical elegance and occassionally surprise." --Keith Devlin, author of The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible and Life by the Numbers "The author acquaints the reader with many topics of mathematics and with related interesting curiosities. But the main aim of the book is to share with a wide range of readers the pleasure of mathematical thinking and the joy of discovery. Readers will frequently experience the pleasure of a sudden insight into a mathematical problem, and may understand what it means when somebody speaks about the beauty of mathematics, about the elegance of mathematical proofs, and about the charm of mathematical ideas."--EMS

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