This is a selection of expository essays by Paulo Ribenboim, the author of such popular titles as "The New Book of Prime Number Records" and "The Little Book of Big Primes." The book contains essays on Fibonacci numbers, prime numbers, Bernoulli numbers, and historical presentations of the main problems pertaining to elementary number theory, such as for instance Kummer's work on Fermat's Last Theorem. The essays are written in a light and humorous language without secrets and are thoroughly accessible to everyone with an interest in numbers.
From the reviews:
"...the author is extremely knowledgeable in his subjects and the reader can profit from the wealth of material contained in this book. Therefore this book is a welcome reference for anyone interested both in trivia and in serious background material about popular topics in elementary number theory."