99 Points of Intersection: Examples-Pictures-Proofs

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Mathematical Association of America, Sep 14, 2006 - Mathematics - 153 pages
Translated from the original German by Peter Hilton and Jean Pedersen. The 99 points of intersection presented here were collected during a year-long search for surprising concurrence of lines. For each example we find compelling evidence for the sometimes startling fact that in a geometric figure three straight lines, or sometimes circles, pass through one and the same point. Of course, we are familiar with some examples of this from basic elementary geometry - the intersection of medians, altitudes, angle bisectors, and perpendicular bisectors of sides of a triangle. Here there are many more examples - some for figures other than triangles, some where even more than three straight lines pass through a common point. The main part of the book presents 99 points of intersection purely visually. They are developed in a sequence of figures, many without caption or verbal commentary. In addition the book contains general thoughts on and examples of the points of intersection, as well as some typical methods of proving their existence. Many of the examples shown in the book were inspired by questions and suggestions made by students and high-school teachers. Several of those examples have not only a geometrical, but also an intriguing aesthetic, aspect. The book addresses high-school students and students at the undergraduate level as well as their teachers, but will appeal to anyone interested in geometry.

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Hans Walser is lecturer at the Swiss Federal Instititute of Technology and the University of Basel.

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