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Sacred mathematics : Japanese temple geometry

Author: Hidetoshi Fukagawa; Tony Rothman
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2008.
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"Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries Japan was totally isolated from the West by imperial decree. During that time, a unique brand of homegrown mathematics flourished, one that was completely uninfluenced by developments in Western mathematics. People from all walks of life - samurai, farmers, and merchants - inscribed a wide variety of geometry problems on wooden tablets called sangaku and hung them in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Problems, exercises, etc
Named Person: Kazu Yamaguchi; Kazu Yamaguchi
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hidetoshi Fukagawa; Tony Rothman
ISBN: 9780691127453 069112745X
OCLC Number: 181142099
Awards: Winner of AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Mathematics and Statistics 2008.
Description: xxiii, 348 p. : ill. some col. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Japan and temple geometry --
The Chinese foundation of Japanese mathematics --
Japanese mathematics and mathematicians of the Edo period --
Easier temple geometry problems --
Harder temple geometry problems --
Still harder temple geometry problems --
The travel diary of mathematician Yamaguchi Kanzan --
East and West --
The mysterious Enri --
Introduction to inversion.
Responsibility: Fukagawa Hidetoshi, Tony Rothman.

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Presents excerpts from the travel diary of a Japanese mathematician, Yamaguchi Kanzan, who journeyed on foot throughout Japan to collect temple geometry problems. This book explains the sacred and  Read more...

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Winner of the 2008 PROSE Award in Mathematics, Association of American Publishers "Now Fukagawa Hidetoshi, a mathematics teacher, and writer Tony Rothman present a collection of Sangaku problems in Read more...

 
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