The Pythagorean theorem: a 4,000-year history

Book Cover
Average Rating
Author:
Publisher:
Princeton University Press,
Pub. Date:
[2007]
Language:
English
Description

By any measure, the Pythagorean theorem is the most famous statement in all of mathematics, one remembered from high school geometry class by even the most math-phobic students. Well over four hundred proofs are known to exist, including ones by a twelve-year-old Einstein, a young blind girl, Leonardo da Vinci, and a future president of the United States. Here--perhaps for the first time in English--is the full story of this famous theorem.

Although attributed to Pythagoras, the theorem was known to the Babylonians more than a thousand years before him. He may have been the first to prove it, but his proof--if indeed he had one--is lost to us. Euclid immortalized it as Proposition 47 in his Elements, and it is from there that it has passed down to generations of students. The theorem is central to almost every branch of science, pure or applied. It has even been proposed as a means to communicate with extraterrestrial beings, if and when we discover them. And, expanded to four-dimensional space-time, it plays a pivotal role in Einstein's theory of relativity.

In this book, Eli Maor brings to life many of the characters that played a role in the development of the Pythagorean theorem, providing a fascinating backdrop to perhaps our oldest enduring mathematical legacy.

More Details
ISBN:
9780691125268
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID8e6e5f4c-d3cc-de46-d8ce-30ba63f6e875
Grouping Titlepythagorean theorem a 4 000 year history
Grouping Authormaor eli
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-07-02 04:48:56AM
Last Indexed2019-10-21 04:47:39AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorMaor, Eli.
author_displayMaor, Eli
available_at_arlingtonWestover
collection_arlingtonAdult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlingtonWestover Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlingtonBook
format_category_arlingtonBooks
id8e6e5f4c-d3cc-de46-d8ce-30ba63f6e875
isbn9780691125268
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b13006988.i13401737Westover Adult Nonfiction516.22 MAOR1falsefalseOn ShelfSep 27, 2018wan
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2019-10-21T08:47:39.277Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington516.22 MAOR
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonWestover
primary_isbn9780691125268
publishDate2007
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b13006988BookBooksEnglishPrinceton University Press, [2007]xvi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13006988.i13401737On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
subject_facetPythagorean theorem -- History
title_displayThe Pythagorean theorem : a 4,000-year history
title_fullThe Pythagorean theorem : a 4,000-year history / Eli Maor
title_shortThe Pythagorean theorem
title_suba 4,000-year history