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Pythagoras' Legacy: Mathematics in Ten Great Ideas

Marcel Danesi

Abstract

The history of mathematics starts in earnest with one of Pythagoras’ most important proofs, the Pythagorean theorem. This proof was the first link in a chain of ground-breaking ideas, all interconnected with each other, that turned mathematics into an “art of the mind.” The chain continues to be extended today. There would be no computers, science, engineering, or philosophy without Pythagoras’ legacy. This book sketches an outline of that legacy by presenting and discussing ten of the greatest ideas in the mathematical chain. Its aim is to illustrate why mathematics can be designated an intel ... More

Keywords: Pythagoras, math history, math concepts, math puzzles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198852247
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198852247.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcel Danesi, author
Full Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto