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The Pythagorean theorem : a 4,000-year history

Author: Eli Maor
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
Series: Princeton science library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author presents a complex history of the Pythagorean Theorem, examining the earliest evidence of knowledge of the theorem to Einstein's theory of relativity.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eli Maor
ISBN: 9780691125268 9780691148236 0691125260 0691148236
OCLC Number: 71146640
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 2007.
Description: xvi, 259 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, music ; 25 cm
Contents: Cambridge, England, 1993 --
Mesopotamia, 1800 BCE --
Sidebar 1. Did the Egyptians know it? --
Pythagoras --
Euclid's Elements --
Sidebar 2. The Pythagorean theorem in art, poetry, and prose --
Archimedes --
Translators and commentators, 500-1500 CE --
François Viète makes history --
From the infinite to the infinitesimal --
Sidebar 3. A remarkable formula by Euler --
371 proofs, and then some --
Sidebar 4. The folding bag --
Sidebar 5. Einstein meets Pythagoras --
Sidebar 6. A most unusual proof --
A theme and variations --
Sidebar 7. A Pythagorean curiosity --
Sidebar 8. A case of overuse --
Strange coordinates --
Notation, notation, notation --
From flat space to curved spacetime --
Sidebar 9. A case of misuse --
Prelude to relativity --
From Bern to Berlin, 1905-1915 --
Sidebar 10. Four Pythagorean brainteasers --
But is it universal? --
Afterthoughts --
Samos, 2005.
Series Title: Princeton science library.
Responsibility: Eli Maor.
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