Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

by Ellen Kaplan, Robert Kaplan
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Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem by Ellen Kaplan, Robert Kaplan

A squared plus b squared equals c squared. It sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet this familiar expression opens a gateway into the riotous garden of mathematics, and sends us on a journey of exploration in the company of two inspired guides, Robert and Ellen Kaplan. With wit, verve, and clarity, they trace the life of the Pythagorean theorem, from ancient Babylon to the present, visiting along the way Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, President James Garfield, and the Freemasons-not to mention the elusive Pythagoras himself, who almost certainly did not make the statement that bears his name. As in the authors' bestselling The Nothing That Is and Chances Are..., the excitement of mathematics leaps from the pages of Hidden Harmonies.

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ISBN-13: 9781608193981
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert and Ellen Kaplan have taught mathematics to people from six to sixty, at leading independent schools and, most recently, at Harvard University. Robert Kaplan is the author of the bestselling The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero, which has been translated into 10 languages, and together they wrote The Art of the Infinite and Out of the Labyrinth. Ellen Kaplan is also co-author of Chances Are: Adventures in Probability and Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err Is Human, co-written with her son Michael Kaplan. They live in Southampton, Massachusetts.

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Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Charles Gerheim More than 1 year ago
For anyone interested in Mathematics, at sny level, the Pythagorian Theorem is ubiquitous, to say the least. I was surprised to learn that Pythagoras was a Johnny-come-lately in the right triangle game. I was also surprised at the story of a Cleveland Geometry teacher who devised about 300 different proofs for the Theorem. He taught at a Cleveland high school at the turn of the century. Now, a century later, I'm teaching Geometry at the same school. The book is loaded with surprises. By all means - read it
David Eppelsheimer More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Quick and fascinating read