Number Crunching Contest — win bragging rights for life if you can find all the hidden numbers!

Dimitri Karetnikov, Princeton University Press’ Illustration Manager, drew the artwork for the cover of Paul Nahin’s new book (Carmina Alvarez was the jacket designer who put it all together), Number Crunching: Taming Unruly Computational Problems from Mathematical Physics to Science Fiction. In addition to being a fantastic artist, he has a great sense of humor, and an eye for detail.

Buried in our superhero’s fists are 12 numbers that are significant to the Press, mathematics, and history. Can you find all of them? Post your guesses below, or on the book’s facebook page (you might get more feedback there from others too, plus we could use some company so become a fan by liking the page). If you get stumped, check back next week and we will give you some hints.

Click on the cover image below to view it at a much larger size. Good luck!


  1. Sandra DeLozier Coleman says:

    Hi, Jessica! Well … even at 5 a.m. the Fibonacci Numbers are easy to spot!

  2. Paul Nahin, using humor to teach bold mathmatical physics…fantastic! It’s another example of the studies from the University of Arkansas and San Diego coming to light showing that any subject taught with humor intentionally injected into the subject matter will improve retention about 18 percent. Cool, huh?

  3. Where can I buy this book?