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Posted June 17, 2007
A Book Long Awaited For
The Pythagorean Theorem is the 'Crown Jewel' of mathematics, and as such, sorely needed a popular exposition. Eli Maor is the first science author in 80 years to step up to this daunting plate! Note: Elisha Loomis wrote his last edition of the Pythagorean Pythagorean Proposition back in the 1920s. Dr. Maor's book is a wealth of information expertly put together in an entertaining and highly readable fashion. As a mathematics teacher for a local community college, I would love to teach a math appreciation course using nothing but Dr. Maor's book since he incorporates so many related ideas and rabbit trails into the major flow of his discourse. Believe me, the Pythagorean Theorem is the underpinning of our modern technical society, forming the basis for everything from cell phones to super-tall skyscrapers to interplanetary probes. In short, we simply can not live our modern technology-filled life without the Pythagorean Theorem. And...any serious student of mathematics needs to understand this via Dr. Maor's book. Go out and purchase, read, and behold!!
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