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Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof

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Q.E.D. presents some of the most famous mathematical proofs in a charming book that will appeal to nonmathematicians and math experts alike. Grasp in an instant why Pythagoras's theorem must be correct. Follow the ancient Chinese proof of the volume formula for the frustrating frustum, and Archimedes' method for finding the volume of a sphere. Discover the secrets of pi an ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Walker Books
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Louisa
Jun 26, 2013 Louisa rated it really liked it
The basics of Euclid's Elements, Eratosthenes' calculation of the circumference of the Earth, Archimedes' find that the volume of a sphere is two-thirds that of the smallest cylinder containing it, toppling dominoes, the infinite staircase and much more: this little book delves into some of the most famous theorems and shows us the beautiful world of mathematical proof.
Quod erat demonstrandum, indeed.
Vilém Zouhar
Short and easily apprehendable. It was exactly what I expected it to be and hence I wasn't dissapointed. I really admire the ability of the author of being descriptive and brief at the same time. Pity is that every proof was geometrical, which sometimes felt like it was a bit forced.
Cathy Yee
Apr 17, 2016 Cathy Yee rated it it was amazing
Love the patterns and concepts in the book. I didn't think I liked geometry but I l fell in love.
Greg
Feb 13, 2016 Greg rated it really liked it
Fascinating, intriguing. Math is a really cool thing...
Gary Fixler
Aug 11, 2016 Gary Fixler rated it really liked it
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I should have turned one more page at my list sitting; it was the beginning of the first appendix. All done! This is a tiny, very short book, with lots of pictures, but still took me a little while to get through, as I tried to pick apart the math behind, and descriptions of the visual proofs. I think I'll peek back in from time to time, as I didn't completely follow everything.
Sam
Jul 27, 2013 Sam rated it liked it
This is the best math book I have ever read! Probably the only math book I have ever read, unless you count Douglas Hofstadter's I am a Strange Loop, which was more about consciousness and mathematics.

QED was a cool read, but I will be rereading it, or finding another cool math book next time I get the urge.

Every sorcerer needs this book, or one like it.
Sally
Dec 12, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: eye-candy, math
There are a few proofs, just browsing, that went totally over my head. But I love these Wooden Books! The drawings are simple, elegant, yet detailed. The paper is nice and thick. They're short, but pack a whollup of information. Fun, fun, fun!
TK Keanini
Apr 07, 2007 TK Keanini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wooden book series is great. This is my favorite because I love visual and auditory patterns that mix together with mathmatics. It all started wtih the Golden Braid and since then, I keep looking for books that tie everything together.
Shaina Leitch
Dec 29, 2013 Shaina Leitch rated it liked it
Just something I picked up every now and then. Some fun mathematical proofs.
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Short but quite informative. Especially on Cavalieri's principle.
Frank
Oct 24, 2011 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great visual reasoning.
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Burkard Polster is a maths lecturer, and Monash University's resident Mathemagician, mathematical juggler, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and Count von Count impersonator. When he is not doing fun mathematics he has fun investigating perfect mathematical universes.

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