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Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Popular Science & Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers

If you've ever thought that mathematics and art don't mix, this stunning visual history of geometry will change your mind. As much a work of art as a book about mathematics, Beautiful Geometry presents more than sixty exquisite color plates illustrating a wide range of geometric patterns and theorems, accompanied by brief accounts of the fascinating history and people behind each. With artwork by Swiss artist Eugen Jost and text by math historian Eli Maor, this unique celebration of geometry covers numerous subjects, from straightedge-and-compass constructions to intriguing configurations involving infinity. The result is a delightful and informative illustrated tour through the 2,500-year-old history of one of the most important branches of mathematics.

Category:

Science

Cover:

Paperback

Edition Number:

1

ISBN:

9780691175881

Pages:

187

Author:

Maor Eli

Publisher:

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

Release Year:

2017

Eli Maor is the author of To Infinity and Beyond, e: The Story of a Number, Trigonometric Delights, Venus in Transit, and The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History (all Princeton) and has taught the history of mathematics at Loyola University Chicago. Eugen Jost is a well-known Swiss artist whose work is strongly influenced by mathematics.

Prefaces ix

1.Thales of Miletus 1

2.Triangles of Equal Area 3

3.Quadrilaterals 6

4.Perfect Numbers and Triangular Numbers 9

5.The Pythagorean Theorem I