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A History of the Circle: Mathematical Reasoning and the Physical Universe
A History of the Circle: Mathematical Reasoning and the Physical Universe Ernest Zebrowski 0813528984 9780813528984 I found the book to be fascinating, and the authors presentations and illustrations of the contrasts bewtween mathematical reasoning a
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A History of the Circle: Mathematical Reasoning and the Physical Universe by Ernest Zebrowski

I found the book to be fascinating, and the authors presentations and illustrations of the contrasts bewtween mathematical reasoning and scientific reasoning were especially appealing. The book is rich in history, which is carefully integrated into the discussions, and it includes wonderful illustrations and stories. --The Mathematics Teacher Zebrowski is a wonderful storyteller, and his choices of topics reveal not only the depth of explanation afforded by the available mathematics but the beauty in the explanations; he succeeds in keeping the explanations accessible to the most general audience. --Choice The concept of the circle is ubiquitous. It can be described mathematically, represented physically, and employed technologically. The circle is an elegant, abstract form that has been transformed by humans into tangible, practical forms to make our lives easier. And yet no one has ever discovered a true mathematical circle. Rainbows are fuzzy, car tires are flat on the bottom, and eventhe most precise roller bearings have measurable irregularities. Ernest Zebrowski, Jr., discusses how investigations into the circle have contributed enormously to our current knowledge of the physical universe. Beginning with the ancient mathematicians and culminating in twentieth-century theories of space and time, the mathematics of the circle has pointed many investigators in fruitful directions in their quests to unravel natures secrets. Johannes Kepler, for example, triggered a scientific revolution in 1609 when he challenged the conception of the earths circular motion around the sun. Arab and European builders instigated a golden age of mosque and cathedral building when they questionedthe Roman structural arches that were limited to geometrical semicircles. Throughout his book, Zebrowski emphasizes the concepts underlying these mathematicians calculations, and how these concepts are linked to real-life examples. Substantiated by easy-to-follow mathema

Author: Ernest Zebrowski

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Publication Date: 2000-06-01

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