Contents
Foreword xi
Translator’s Note xv
Preface to the English Edition xix
Preface to the German Edition xxi
Acknowledgments xxiii
Introduction xxv
Chapter 1. You Can’t Beat the Odds 1
Chapter 2. Magical Mathematics: The Integers 5
Chapter 3. How Old Is the Captain? 8
Chapter 4. Vertiginously Large Prime Numbers 11
Chapter 5. Loss Plus Loss Equals Win 14
Chapter 6. When It Comes to Large Numbers, Intuition
Fails 17
Chapter 7. The Key for Encryption Is in the Telephone
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