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Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery

Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery

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by Arturo Sangalli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691049556

ISBN-13: 9780691049557

Pub. Date: 04/20/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The celebrated mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras left no writings. But what if he had and the manuscript was never found? Where would it be located? And what information would it reveal? These questions are the inspiration for the mathematical mystery novel Pythagoras' Revenge. Suspenseful and instructive, Pythagoras' Revenge weaves fact,

Overview

The celebrated mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras left no writings. But what if he had and the manuscript was never found? Where would it be located? And what information would it reveal? These questions are the inspiration for the mathematical mystery novel Pythagoras' Revenge. Suspenseful and instructive, Pythagoras' Revenge weaves fact, fiction, mathematics, computer science, and ancient history into a surprising and sophisticated thriller.

The intrigue begins when Jule Davidson, a young American mathematician who trolls the internet for difficult math riddles and stumbles upon a neo-Pythagorean sect searching for the promised reincarnation of Pythagoras. Across the ocean, Elmer Galway, a professor of classical history at Oxford, discovers an Arabic manuscript hinting at the existence of an ancient scroll—possibly left by Pythagoras himself. Unknown to one another, Jule and Elmer each have information that the other requires and, as they race to solve the philosophical and mathematical puzzles set before them, their paths ultimately collide. Set in 1998 with flashbacks to classical Greece, Pythagoras' Revenge investigates the confrontation between opposing views of mathematics and reality, and explores ideas from both early and cutting-edge mathematics.

From academic Oxford to suburban Chicago and historic Rome, Pythagoras' Revenge is a sophisticated thriller that will grip readers from beginning to surprising end.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691049557
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
List of Main Characters....................xi
Prologue....................xiii
Chapter 1. The Fifteen Puzzle....................3
Chapter 2. The Impossible Manuscript....................10
Chapter 3. Game Over....................19
Chapter 4. A Trip to London....................25
Chapter 5. A Letter from the Past....................32
Chapter 6. Found and Lost....................38
Chapter 7. A Death in the Family....................46
Chapter 8. The Mission....................53
Chapter 9. Norton Thorp....................63
Chapter 10. Random Numbers....................69
Chapter 11. Randomness Everywhere....................76
Chapter 12. Vanished....................82
Chapter 13. The Mandate....................85
Chapter 14. The Beacon....................87
Chapter 15. The Team....................98
Chapter 16. The Hunt....................106
Chapter 17. The Symbol of the Serpent....................115
Chapter 18. A Professional Job....................122
Chapter 19. With a Little Help from Your Sister....................126
Chapter 20. All Roads Lead to Rome....................139
Chapter 21. Kidnapped....................152
Chapter 22. The Last Piece of the Puzzle....................158
Epilogue....................169
Appendix 1: Jule's Solution....................171
Appendix 2: Infinitely Many Primes....................173
Appendix 3: Random Sequences....................175
Appendix 4: A Simple Visual Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem....................177
Appendix 5: Perfect and Figured Numbers....................178
Notes, Credits, and Bibliographical Sources....................181

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