Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem
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|Vydavatel:||Bloomsbury Publishing (US)|
How can a theorem have more than one proof? Why does this one have more than two hundred-or is it four thousand? The Pythagorean theorem has even more applications than proofs: Ancient Egyptians used it for surveying property lines, and today astronomers call on it to measure the distance between stars. Its generalizations are stunning-the theorem works even with shapes on the sides that aren't squares, and not just in two dimensions, but any number you like, up to infinity. And perhaps its most intriguing feature of all, this tidy expression opened the door to the world of irrational numbers, an untidy discovery that deeply troubled Pythagoras's disciples.
- Jazyky / Angličtina / Beletrie / Beletrie - dle žánru / Historie
- Jazyky / Angličtina / Beletrie / Beletrie - dle žánru / Non-fiction, Biography
- EAN: 9781596915220