Mathematical footprints: discovering mathematical impressions all around us

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Wide World Publishing/Tetra, Dec 1, 1999 - Mathematics - 224 pages
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This journey across the spectrum of human activities takes a creative look at the role mathematics has played since prehistoric times. From its many uses in medicine and its appearance in artwork to its patterns in nature and its central role in the development of computers, mathematics is presented in a fun-to-read, nonthreatening manner.

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ix Introduction
1 Early Mathematics artifacts
5 the very pervasive golden ratio
9 seeing is not believing
13 Mathematics & your money
18 mathematics -- the framework for architecture
20 hyperspace & beyond
25 mathematics & cubism
30 le grand arche
34 the mathematical Pandora's box
37 mathematics & the body
42 will computers take the quantum leap?
46 mathematics, Guggenheim Bilbao & Frank Gehry
51 the Pythagorean theorem -- the survivor.
55 rings, helices, & dolphins
59 the art of Claude Monet
63 how knots are tied to mathematics
68 Chinese remainder theorem -- a problem from the past
73 solutions
78 mathematics of weather forecasting
83 mathematics & the art of architecture of Arata
89 fuzzy numbers
102 the longitude problem
110 mathematics is in the creases
115 mathematics & nature's formations
119 mathematics & the architecture of the pyramids
123 cellular automata -- pixels of life
127 art-manifeste
129 mathematics finds its way around mazes
133 meter is a meter, is a meter, or is it?
138 molecular computers
141 a mathematical looks at the art of Cezan
145 where am i? -- mathematics & the global positioning system
149 mathematics in literature
154 crime & complexity
158 a mathematical look at time
164 the universe - what's with it anyway
168 numbers help nail errors
173 mathematics & the art of Tony Robbin
178 have we heard the last of Fermat's last theorem?
183 mathematics & the game of life
187 mathematics & the architecture of SFMOMA
191 music, matter & mathematics
196 nanotechnology is big stuff!!
203 soft computing
208 it's crystal clear, or is it? -- quasicrystals & Penrose tiles
214 smart machines
219 appendix
221 index
224 bibliography
227 about the author
 

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early mathematics artifacts
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seeing is not believing
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l8 mathematics the framework of architecture
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About the author (1999)

Pappas is a former mathematics teacher.

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