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The square root of 2 : a dialogue concerning a number and a sequence

Author: David Flannery
Publisher: New York : Copernicus ; [Chichester, England] : Praxis, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here, in an imaginary dialogue between teacher and student, readers will learn why the square root of 2 is an important number in its own right, and how, in puzzling out its special qualities, mathematicians gained insights into the illusive nature of irrational numbers. Using no more than basic high school algebra and geometry, David Flannery manages to convey not just why the square root of 2 is fascinating and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Flannery
ISBN: 038720220X 9780387202204
OCLC Number: 56454488
Description: x, 256 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Asking the right questions --
Irrationality and its consequences --
The power of a little algebra --
Witchcraft --
Odds and ends.
Other Titles: Square root of two
Responsibility: David Flannery.
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An elegantly dramatized and illustrated dialog on the square root of two and the whole concept of irrational numbers.  Read more...

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