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How round is your circle? : where engineering and mathematics meet

by John Bryant; C J Sangwin

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Review from American Scientist   (2008-10-15)

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<h2 class="staticTitle">Book Review: How Round Is Your Circle?</h2>

October 15, 2008

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"The great power of computers to model various aspects of geometry and mechanics has made it possible to visualize things quickly and in useful and innovative ways," mathematician <a href="http://www.stanwagon.com/">Stan Wagon</a> of <a href="http://www.macalester.edu/">Macalester College</a> wrote recently in <a href="http://www.americanscientist.org/">American Scientist</a>. "But nothing beats the construction of a physical model. And when the model conforms exactly to the mathematical prediction, it is very satisfying."

<a href="http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8624.html">How Round Is Your Circle? Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet</a> (Princeton University Press, 2008), by John Bryant and Chris Sangwin, is a satisfying guide to making such physical models. What singles out this applied geometry book, according to Wagon, is its emphasis on the relationship of model- and tool-building with the real world. Because the authors have actually made wood or metal models of most of the constructions they present, their words ring true.

Read the entire review at  <a href="http://www.americanscientist.org/bookshelf/pub/applied-geometry">American Scientist</a>, October 2008.




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