# Biscuits of Number Theory

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*Arthur T. Benjamin; Ezra Brown*

MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society

In Biscuits of Number Theory, the
editors have chosen articles that are exceptionally well-written and
that can be appreciated by anyone who has taken (or is taking) a first
course in number theory. This book could be used as a textbook
supplement for a number theory course, especially one that requires
students to write papers or do outside reading.

The editors
give examples of some of the possibilities. The collection is divided
into seven chapters: Arithmetic; Primes; Irrationality and Continued
Fractions; Sums of Squares and Polygonal Numbers; Fibonacci Numbers;
Number-Theoretic Functions; and Elliptic Curves, Cubes and Fermat's
Last Theorem. As with any anthology, you don't have to read the
Biscuits in order. Dip into them anywhere: pick something from the
table of contents that strikes your fancy, and have at it. If the end
of an article leaves you wondering what happens next, then by all
means dive in and do some research. You just might discover something
new!

#### Reviews & Endorsements

A collection of accessible and even profound essays on number theory gleaned from a wide variety of writers and journals--everyone from Euler to Quine, plus many recent popular expositions. An invigorating and generally undemanding excursion into surprise. A first rate book.

-- Bob Lockhart, London Math Society Newsletter

The authors represented include some of the best expositors of elementary number theory: Peter Borwein, Stan Wagon, Carl Pomerance, Ivan Niven, Edward Berger, Ross Honsberger, and Martin Gardent, just to name a few. … it's good when a book has some content above the level of the typical reader, because this will intrigue some readers sufficiently that they'll feel the need to learn the required material. The challenge is to have the right amount, and my feeling is that this book has a good balance of material.

-- Jeffrey Shallit, Sigact News