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Pythagoras' revenge : a mathematical mystery

Author: Arturo Sangalli
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The celebrated mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras left no writings. But what if he had and the manuscript had never been found? Where would it be located? Two mathematicians, one American, one British, set out, unbeknownst to each other, to find the missing manuscript.
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Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Pythagoras; Pythagoras.
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arturo Sangalli
ISBN: 9780691049557 0691049556
OCLC Number: 276340747
Description: xv, 183 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Contents: A time capsule: The fifteen puzzle --
the impossible manuscript --
Game over --
A trip to London --
A letter from the past --
Found and lost --
A death in the family --
An extraordinarily gifted man: The mission --
Norton Thorp --
Random numbers --
Randomness everywhere --
Vanished --
A set of neo-pythagoreans: The mandate --
The beacon --
The team --
The hunt --
The symbol of the serpent --
A professional job --
With a little help from your sister --
Pythagoras' mission: All roads lead to Rome --
Kidnapped --
The last piece of the puzzle --
Epilogue --
Appendix 1: Jule's solution --
Appendix 2: Infinitely many primes --
Appendix 3: Random sequences --
Appendix 4: Simple visual proof of the Pythagorean Theorem --
Appendix 5: Prefect and figured numbers ---
Notes, credits, and bibliographical sources.
Responsibility: Arturo Sangalli.

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