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The Pythagorean theorem: a 4000 year history

Author: Maor, Eli Publisher: Princeton University Press, 2007.Language: EnglishDescription: 259 p. : Ill./Photos ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780691125268Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index

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The Pythagorean Theorem A 4,000-Year History Contents List of Color Plates Preface Prologue: Cambridge, England, 1993 ix xi 1 1 Mesopotamia, 1800 BCE Sidebar 1: Did the Egyptians Know It? 4 13 17 32 45 50 57 76 82 94 98 115 117 119 123 140 142 145 158 2 Pythagoras 3 Euclid's Elements Sidebar 2: The Pythagorean Theorem in Art, Poetry, and Prose 4 Archimedes 5 Translators and Commentators, 500-1500 CE 6 François Viète Makes History 7 From the Infinite to the Infinitesimal Sidebar 3: A Remarkable Formula by Euler 8 371 Proofs, and Then Some Sidebar 4: The Folding Bag Sidebar 5: Einstein Meets Pythagoras Sidebar 6: A Most Unusual Proof 9 A Theme and Variations Sidebar 7: A Pythagorean Curiosity Sidebar 8: A Case of Overuse 10 Strange Coordinates 11 Notation, Notation, Notation 12 From Flat Space to Curved Spacetime Sidebar 9: A Case of Misuse 168 177 181 188 197 201 208 13 Prelude to Relativity 14 From Bern to Berlin, 1905-1915 Sidebar 10: Four Pythagorean Brainteasers 15 But Is It Universal? 16 Afterthoughts Epilogue: Samos, 2005 213 Appendixes A. How did the Babylonians Approximate B. Pythagorean Triples C. Sums of Two Squares D. A Proof that 219 221 223 227 229 231 235 237 is is Irrational E. Archimedes' Formula for Circumscribing Polygons F. Proof of some Formulas from Chapter 7 G. Deriving the Equatior H. Solutions to Brainteasers Chronology Bibliography Illustrations Credits Index 241 247 251 253

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