Mad About Digits

A while ago I started to read a book about math, which is funny since I was never all that great in math classes growing up. My short attention span always kicked in. But this book is so great. And one day I might even finish it. “The Parrot’s Theorem“, a novel by Denis Guedj, tells the story of a Parisian bookstore owner and his blind parrot who befriend the shop owner’s assistant and her young children. Along the way the book provides a short history of mathematics mixed within a great story. Jason Goldman linked to a page at Mathworld that is equally entertaining: a page on special numbers and number theory. A few of my favorites include the Unhappy Number, Narcissistic Number and the Almost Perfect Number.