2009;
271 pp;
Softcover

MSC: Primary 97; 00;

**Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-4817-3
Product Code: MBK/62**

List Price: $37.00

AMS Member Price: $29.60

MAA Member Price: $33.30

**Electronic ISBN: 978-1-4704-1598-3
Product Code: MBK/62.E**

List Price: $34.00

AMS Member Price: $27.20

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# Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories

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*Colin Adams*

What's so funny about math? Lots! Especially if you're mathematically
bent. In the world of Colin Adams, differential equations bring on tears
of laughter. Hollywood producers hire algebraic geometers to punch up a
script. In this world, math and humor are synonymous.

A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into
mathematics and the culture of mathematicians. Appropriate for
mathematicians, math students, math teachers, lay people with an
interest in mathematics, and indeed everyone else. This book is a romp
through the wild world of mathematics.

#### Readership

General mathematical audience interested in light mathematical reading.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into mathematics and the culture of mathematicians. Appropriate for mathematicians, math students, math teachers, lay people with an interest in mathematics, and indeed everyone else. This book is a romp through the wild world of mathematics.

-- Zentralblatt MATH

Colin Adams writes some pretty funny mathematical tales, covering everything from the job interview to theorem proving to mathematical couture...had me laughing out loud. None of the stories require any mathematical sophistication to enjoy... any student would be able to enjoy this book.

-- Gregory P. Dresden, MAA Online

...a funny book. The author plays everything for laughs, and there's a lot to laugh at. ...I consider [the author] one of the funniest mathematicians I have ever met. This book bears that out.

-- Cap Khoury, Not About Apples (Blog)

Finally, a
collection of hilarious mathematical stories by Colin Adams! ...I'm very
pleased to see that this book is available because Colin Adams is the
*funniest* mathematician I know...

-- Mathematical Fiction (Blog)

This book would make a great gift for that special person in your life who likes to read funny stories about math ...my Funny-o-Meter was definitely pointing somewhere between "amazing" and "hilarious".

-- The Math Less Traveled (Blog)

... rush for a copy...the reading is murderously funny, but includes some subtleties to think [about].

-- Jesus M. Ruiz, The European Mathematical Society

#### Table of Contents

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## Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories

- Cover Cover11 free
- Title page iii4 free
- Table of contents v6 free
- Introduction ix10 free
- Notes on the introduction xiii14 free
- Acknowledgements xv16 free
- The S. S. Riemann 118 free
- Pythagoras’s darkest hour 724
- Mangum, P. I. 1330
- Overcoming math anxiety 2138
- A difficult delivery 2542
- A proof of God 3148
- The red badge of courage 4158
- This theorem is big 4764
- Journey to the center of mathematics 5168
- The theorem blaster 6582
- Riot at the calc exam 6986
- The mathematical ethicist 7592
- Phone interview 83100
- The integral: A horror story 93110
- The three little pigs 119136
- Northnorthwestern State University mathematics department safety manual 123140
- Trial and error 129146
- Hiring season 141158
- Class reunion 145162
- Worst-case-scenario survival handbook: Mathematics 149166
- Into thin air 155172
- Math talk 161178
- A deprogrammer’s tale 167184
- Research announcement 173190
- A killer theorem 179196
- A subprime lending market primer 189206
- Fields medalist stripped 193210
- More from the mathematical ethicist 195212
- Math fall fashion preview 201218
- Dr. Yeckel and Mr. Hide 207224
- The Pepsi Putnam challenge 213230
- Vital sines 217234
- Rumpled Stiltsken 223240
- Notes 233250
- Notes for “The S. S. Riemann” 235252
- Notes for “Overcoming math anxiety” 239256
- Notes for “A difficult delivery” 243260
- Notes for “A proof of God” 245262
- Notes for “The red badge of courage” 249266
- Notes for “Journey to the center of mathematics” 251268
- Notes for “The integral: A horror story” 253270
- Notes for “The three little pigs” 257274
- Notes for “Class reunion” 259276
- Notes for “Into thin air” 261278
- Notes for “A deprogrammer’s tale” 263280
- Notes for “Research announcement” 265282
- Notes for “Fields medalist stripped” 267284
- Notes for “Vital sines” 269286
- Notes for “Rumpled Stiltsken” 271288
- Back Cover Back Cover1289