Twitter Math Book Challenge and Giveaway!

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From Fractals to Rubik's Cube Robots to the Infinite Monkey Theorem!

"A Breather Pseudosphere"

To celebrate the publication of The Math Book, Cliff Pickover will give away 4 copies of the book to 4 Twitterers. The contest starts now, and we'll send out an autographed copy in Aug., Sept., Oct., and Nov., 2009. The "cost" of entry is simply a creative "tweet" that ends with, which simply links back to this page. The tweet should start with a math "converstation starter," such as:
  • A math quote, a puzzle, a paradox, a brain teaser, or your first date with a mathematician.
  • A joke, or what turns you on about the idea of the math book or about math.
  • Why math is sexy, scandalous, beautiful, mind-expanding.
  • Or a mention of your favorite math/science twitterers
  • Or why you love The Math Book even though you hate math.

Sample Hot Math Tweets

"Math is radical!" ~Bumper Sticker
"Trigonometry is a sine of the times." ~written on restroom wall
"Pure mathematics is the poetry of logical ideas." ~Albert Einstein
"I am the thought you are now thinking." ~Douglas Hofstadter
My favorite science/math twitterers: @MarcusduSautoy @drkiki

Don't limit yourself to quotes. You can even post strange puzzles, such as:
"If this rabbit weighs ten pounds plus half its own weight, how much does it weigh?"

Remember, be sure to end your math tweet with so we can find it!

See the Math Tweets People are Tweeting!

Click this special bird to see people's Math Book tweets:
If you're logged on to twitter, click now! (If the little bird doesn't work, simply search for Enjoy the fun.

In The Math Book, I trace 250 achievements like ancient ant "odometers," the first abacus, the discovery of computer-generated fractals, and the quest for new dimensions. Here also are remarkable thinkers from Pythagoras and Euclid to modern-day math icon Martin Gardner and cosmologist Max Tegmark. Chronologically organized, each entry is short enough to digest in a few minutes and is presented along with a striking full-color image.

After gathering together numerous favorite math tweets, the choice of winners will be made via the tumbles of a 100-sided die known as a Zocchihedron.

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A few recent eye-catching math tweets. See any you like?

@uclaresearcher: "Mobius diapers keep the poop outside!" - -
@yoak: "What do you get when you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin Pi."
@Gelada: "The square root of two is radical."
@TheRealDan: "My favorite math twitterers are @numberbabe and @pickover, who has a beautiful new Math Book":
@jwmitch: "Math is like sex: the older you get, the more you appreciate being able to do it well."

@NewAlexandria: "Mathematics for sharing physical pleasure in a group ;)" and
@pfanderson: "I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful nothing is." ~Paul Erdös. #math
@christophil: "3 min. TED talk by math czar -promotes math education."
@tejaKrasek: Hot Math Book for hot Summer to make your brains sexier. Wanna get it? Tweet about it
@ProfJjC: @pickover In Soviet Russia, can 0 divide by you?

@gaknudsen: Submitting a math joke to Pickover: What's the square root of 69 ? Ans. Eight some!!
@servanti Why is there no Nobel Prize in Mathematics?
@chris_benson: Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven ate nine.
@servanti @pickover The Dullness of 1729
@CGoodmanStrauss As Kronecker might have said: What's so real about the real numbers?

@indieauthor If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the equation.
@MatthewGodwin "Anyone who uses arithmetic methods to produce random numbers is in a state of sin." --von Neumann
@servanti “Mathematics is made of 50 percent formulas, 50 percent proofs, and 50 percent imagination.”
@skyponderer How romantic: "I wish I was (sin x)^2 and you were (cos x)^2 so together we could be one."
@danwhnt Getting sexier: "I wish I were your derivative so I could lie tangent to your curves".

@drrohe: "Parsing her lips at my advice to add math to her calculations; I subtracted the theorem while she multiplied risks."
@servanti: "3 out of 4 Americans make up 75% of the population." I wish I had said this!
@danisaac: When I was a young boy, I had an imaginary number.
@Gelada: If you have sufficiently advanced maths you probably have no need for psychedelic drugs.
@KateSherrod: "Mystical additions and subtractions always come out the way you want." - Umberto Eco #PickoverPickMe

@jdyer I'm a fan of "The Zen of Magic Squares," so I'm fine with this @pickover plug for his new book:
@numberbabe rt @mhsteger: Mathematical LEGO Sculptures: #math
@numberbabe: #edtech #math @pickover #gifted #education #mathchat
@numberbabe: rt @reiver: "2 to the power of infinity" #math
@MariaDroujkova: Make math your own, to make your own math.

@dmitrybrant: Assumption 1: Mathematics is the language of nature.
@dmitrybrant: If Euler is pronounced "oiler", how would you pronounce Euclid?...
@servanti: "The number you have dialed is imaginary. Please rotate your phone 90 degrees and try again." -unknown
@adrianlangton: I've learned more about math from good books than from my high school math teacher

@jamesmcn: There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who think math is just arithmetic and everyone else @pickover
@alfonsofr: Pickover discovers the unseen inside of the Mandelbrot set in this video See
@RavenscarDkhope: Although quadratic equations give me nightmares, I developed a way to multiply and divide using number patterns.
@jamesmcn: There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who think math is just arithmetic and everyone else @pickover
@pickover: “The mathematician’s job is to transport us to new seas, while deepening the waters and lengthening horizons.”

@joaovc: rt @irra_k: Awesome mayan mathematics: @harry2989 (via @numberbabe)
@RDGluck: For the number lovers and math addicts out there, prolific polymath Cliff Pickover strikes again:
@CtCw_BIGTOE: How many marbles can you put into an empty bag?
@Adriana_Raven: RT @pickover Rubik's Cube Cake.
@fredricktoo RT @pickover:The ants' semifluid secretions reveal a perfect working model of the divine ideal. -DeLillo

@charmqgp RT @pickover @numberbabe @ak1010 @pcapr @netfortius Beauty in mathematics: found functions! @nikkigraziano
@JLC23: "Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent. " Pythagoras (572-497 B.C. E)
@JLC23: "I don't believe in mathematics. " Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
@JLC23: "Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language." Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)
@JLC23: EGYPTIAN MATHEMATICS PAPYRI mathematics problems ~1850 BC

@DarkPhilosopher: How many marbles can you put into an empty bag?
@Bobweb2: "What proportion of all integers contain the digit 3?" (Pickover, "Keys To Infinity" Chapter 1)
@zagrrl: Nominating @jamesmcn 4 insite that Infinite sets DO have cardinality, but u need 2 try harder than infinity + 1 *WOW!!!*
@jamesmcn: Math: without it, how would you count your #benjamins?

@LillyLyle: RT @pickover Sex is the mathematics urge sublimated. - mathematician M. C. Reed
@hoomansamani: How mathematician markets his book! Visit:
@justhour: An extroverted mathematician is the one looking at the other person’s shoes
@silsb33: Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics. ~Dean Schlicter
@abatheguy: If The Math Book was on Kindle, it should come with a special feature where it would take the reader to a random article

@grcr: Mathematicians take it to the limit.
@DrKarenS: Marvel at images of the math of the brain - BrainPaint Want more? Explore
@ebwolf: Wanted to study maps. Must have had a lisp. Got a degree in Math!
@straind: Reading about The Math Book: "From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics" see->
@silsb33: "The pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit." -- Alfred North Whitehead

@silsb33: "A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there." -- Charles Darwin
@silsb33: "There is geometry in the humming of the string." -- Pythagoras
@silsb33: "It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul. -- Sophia Kovalevskaya
@silsb33: "Do not worry too much about your difficulties in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are still greater."--Einstein
@IQXS: What kind of food do mathematicians eat? >> Square meals! Count me in! WE love MATH!

@silsb33: "The pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit." -- Alfred North Whitehead
@EFL_Guy: The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. ~Euclid
@EFL_Guy: likes math.....
@danisaac: I like the infinite monkey theorem.
@Tsaron: One is the loneliest number. 2 is the only number that gives the same result added to itself as it does times by itself

@silsb33: Zombie outbreak would be 'disastrous': mathematicians (via @SavageMike)
@silsb33: "There are no solved problems; there are only problems that are more or less solved." -- Henri Poincare
@silsb33: "The advancement and perfection of mathematics are intimately connected with the prosperity of the state." -- Napoleon
@silsb33: "Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself any more." -- Einstein
@silsb33: "The arithmetic of life does not always have a logical answer." -- Inshirah Abdur-Rauf

@silsb33: “Mathematics is an independent world created out of pure intelligence.” -- Wordsworth, William
@silsb33: "The notion of infinity is our greatest friend; it is also the greatest enemy of our peace of mind." -- James Pierpont
silsb33: "Mathematics consists in proving the most obvious thing in the least obvious way." -- George Polya
@silsb33: "The most powerful single idea in mathematics is the notion of a variable." -– K. Dewdney
@silsb33: "I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this, which however the margin is not large enough to contain." -- Fermat

@silsb33: "I never got a pass mark in math..Just imagine -mathematicians now use my prints to illustrate their books."-M.C. Escher
@rebellionkid: The amount of points (real numbers) on the number line 0-1 is 2 to the power of the amount of whole numbers 1-infinity
@hemantmehta: What should I read first? The new Dawkins' book, The Lost Symbol, or this tantalizing one...
@silsb33: "But don't panic. Base 8 is just like Base 10 really. If you're missing two fingers." -- Tom Lehrer

@danisaac: In the binary system we count on our fists instead of on our fingers. ~Anon
@ danisaac: Infinity is a floorless room without walls or ceiling. ~Anon
@silsb33: Surprises in Mathematics and Theory (via @rjlipton) (RT @bakhvalov)
@silsb33: "The pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit." -- Alfred North Whitehead
@danisaac: Mathematics and breakfast reading.

@_mark: According to Tegmark's theory (and Stewy from Family Guy) in an alternate universe I'm smarter than Dr. Cliff Pickover!
@banzeramidy: "As mortals (numbers), we're ruled by conditions (equations), not by ourselves (expressions)." -Bodhidharma
@silsb33: Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not.-GH Hardy
@_mark: #Science - @pickover Symphony of Science: | Any Got Links 2 Sci/Math Vids of You? :



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