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Cult of Pythagoras Math and Myths

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ISBN-10: 0822962705

ISBN-13: 9780822962700

Edition: N/A

Authors: Alberto A. Martinez

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In this follow-up to his popular Science Secrets, Alberto A. Martínez discusses various popular myths from the history of mathematics: that Pythagoras proved the hypotenuse theorem, that Archimedes figured out how to test the purity of a gold crown while he was in a bathtub, that the Golden Ratio is in nature and ancient architecture, that the young Galois created group theory the night before the pistol duel that killed him, and more. Some stories are partly true, others are entirely false, but all show the power of invention in history. Pythagoras emerges as a symbol of the urge to conjecture and “fill in the gaps” of history. He has been credited with fundamental discoveries in…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 6/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Myths and Apparent Myths
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Triangle Sacrifice to the Gods
An Irrational Murder at Sea
Ugly Old Socrates on Eternal Truth
The Death of Archimedes
Gauss, Galois, and the Golden Ratio
From Nothing to Infinity
Euler's Imaginary Mistakes
The Four of Pythagoras
The War over the Infinitely Small
Impossible Triangles
Inventing Mathematics?
The Cult of Pythagoras
Notes
Illustration Sources and Credits
Index