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AU - Sangalli, Arturo
AU - Sangalli, Arturo |Author
TI - Pythagoras' revenge: a mathematical mystery
PB - Princeton University Press
PY - 2009
CY - Princeton, N.J.
N2 - Arturo Sangalli is a freelance science journalist and writer. He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Montreal. He is the author of The Importance of Being Fuzzy: And Other Insights from the Border between Math and Computers (Princeton) and has contributed many pieces to New Scientist.
The celebrated mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras left no writings. But what if he had and the manuscript was never found? Where would it be located? And what information would it reveal? These questions are the inspiration for the mathematical mystery novel Pythagoras' Revenge. Suspenseful and instructive, Pythagoras' Revenge weaves fact, fiction, mathematics, computer science, and ancient history into a surprising and sophisticated thriller.
The intrigue begins when Jule Davidson, a young American mathematician who trolls the internet for difficult math riddles and stumbles upon a neo-Pythagorean sect searching for the promised reincarnation of Pythagoras. Across the ocean, Elmer Galway, a professor of classical history at Oxford, discovers an Arabic manuscript hinting at the existence of an ancient scroll--possibly left by Pythagoras himself. Unknown to one another, Jule and Elmer each have information that the other requires and, as they race to solve the philosophical and mathematical puzzles set before them, their paths ultimately collide. Set in 1998 with flashbacks to classical Greece, Pythagoras' Revenge investigates the confrontation between opposing views of mathematics and reality, and explores ideas from both early and cutting-edge mathematics.
From academic Oxford to suburban Chicago and historic Rome, Pythagoras' Revenge is a sophisticated thriller that will grip readers from beginning to surprising end. "Who would have guessed that a murder-treasure mystery lay hidden behind a geometric formula familiar to every high-schooler? Weaving a wealth of mathematical scholarship into a compellingly plotted novel, Sangalli recounts a fascinating tale of ancient arson and modern sleuthing, as Pythagoras of Samos (forever linked to the triangular theorem bearing his name) perishes amid brutal intrigues sweeping an early Greek colony, yet leaves behind a tantalizing legacy of numerical reasoning and paranormal mysticism. . . . To be sure, it is the author's own fertile imagination that generates the characters who form this resolute band and then scripts the adventures they encounter in their unlikely international quest. . . . [R]eaders will learn a great deal about real mathematics and its history as they join Pythagoras' modern epigones in pondering the meaning of geometrical patterns, the surprising randomness in numbers, and the logic of mathematical proofs. . . . [T]his engaging narrative will persuade many readers that mathematics offers far more excitement than they had previously supposed."---Bryce Christensen, Booklist "[The book] comes together [around] the tantalizing possibility that Pythagoras, who forbade his followers to write down any of his sayings, may just have left something tangible after all. Sangalli builds his story on this, using clues from ancient texts, bits of mathematical lore and interesting arcana, like the puzzle that couldn't be patented because it had no solution. For a total escape, this novel is perfect."---Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail "Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery is more than just a novel. It is also an introduction to several big ideas in mathematics, from infinite series to unsolvable puzzles. . . . [T]his romp through ancient and modern mathematics is entertaining in patches, and certainly a cut above standard holiday reading. Despite occasional plot hiccups, its gripping story will likely hold readers to the end." "Initially Pythagoras' Revenge was intended to discuss the tyranny of numbers in modern societies in the same style as Sangalli's previous book. But, as if by magic, it became instead a work of fiction. . . . What remains after the end of
ST - Pythagoras' revenge
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AU - Karamanides, Dimitra
TI - Pythagoras: pioneering mathematician and musical theorist of Ancient Greece
PB - Rosen Central
PY - 2006
CY - New York
ET - First edition.
N1 - The early years , The traveling student , Egypt and Babylon , A return to Greece , The Pythagorean school , Pythagorean thought , Pythagoras' legacy.
N2 - A biography of ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher, Pythagoras, describing his life, education, and works which includes his Pythagorean theorem.
T2 - Library of Greek philosophers, ,
ST - Pythagoras
SN - 9781404205000
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AU - Nicomachus
AU - Levin, Flora R.,1924-2009
TI - The manual of harmonics of Nicomachus the Pythagorean
PB - Phanes Press
PY - 1994
CY - Grand Rapids, MI, USA
N2 - Description Not Provided
ST - The manual of harmonics of Nicomachus the Pythagorean
SN - 9780933999428
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AU - Ferguson, Kitty
TI - The music of Pythagoras: how an ancient brotherhood cracked the code of the universe and lit the path from antiquity to outer space
PB - Walker
PY - 2008
CY - New York
ET - First U.S. edition.
N2 - "Pythagoras's influence on the ideas, and therefore on the destiny, of the human race was probably greater than that of any single man before or after him," wrote Arthur Koestler. Though most people know of him only for the famous Pythagorean Theorem (a2 +b2=c2), in fact the pillars of our scientific tradition--belief that the universe is rational, that there is unity to all things, and that numbers and mathematics are a powerful guide to truth about nature and the cosmos--hark back to the convictions of this legendary sixth-century B.C. scholar.--
ST - The music of Pythagoras
SN - 9780802716316
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