Q. E. D. Beauty in Mathematical Proof

ISBN-10: 0802714315
ISBN-13: 9780802714312
Edition: 2004
Authors: Burkard Polster
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Description: Q.E.D. presents some of the most famous mathematical proofs in a charming book that will appeal to nonmathematicians and math experts alike. Grasp in an instant why Pythagoras’s theorem must be correct. Follow the ancient Chinese proof of the volume  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 5/1/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 64
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.462

Q.E.D. presents some of the most famous mathematical proofs in a charming book that will appeal to nonmathematicians and math experts alike. Grasp in an instant why Pythagoras’s theorem must be correct. Follow the ancient Chinese proof of the volume formula for the frustrating frustum, and Archimedes’ method for finding the volume of a sphere. Discover the secrets of pi and why, contrary to popular belief, squaring the circle really is possible. Study the subtle art of mathematical domino tumbling, and find out how slicing cones helped save a city and put a man on the moon.

Burkard Polster is an associate professor of mathematics at Monash University and author of A Geometrical Picture Book and The Mathematics of Juggling. Marty Ross, together with Polster, writes Maths Masters, a weekly column published in Australia's Age newspaper, featuring fascinating and playful discussions of a wide range of mathematical topics.

Introduction
Treacherous Truth
Pythagoras's Theorem
Plane and Simple
From Pie to Pi
Cavalieri's Principle
Cavalier Cone Carving
A Frustrating Frustum
Archimedes' Theorem
Inside Out
Mathematical Dominoes
The Infinite Staircase
Circling the Cycloid
Slicing Cones
Folding Conics
Knotting Polygons
Cutting Squares
Power Sums
Never-ending Primes
The Nature of Numbers
The Golden Ratio
The Numbers of Nature
Euler's Formula
Possible Impossibilities
One Theorem, Many Proofs
All for One and One for All
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Triangles of Generality
Polytopes of Analogy

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