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Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem

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A squared plus b squared equals c squared. It sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet this familiar expression is a gateway into the riotous garden of mathematics, and sends us on a journey of exploration in the company of two inspired guides, acclaimed authors Robert and Ellen Kaplan. With wit, verve, and clarity, they trace the life of the Pythagorean theorem, from ancient Babylo ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Bloomsbury Press
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Whoa...proofs and I think I'm pooped... Started reading this one the other night before bed, thought my confusion was fatigue only to pick it up again today realizing I might be a bit ditzy for this one. Maybe it's because trying to read with my contacts in.

I want to love math and am not sure if this book lies within my zone of comprehension. Wouldn't be the first time.

...Update, just returned this one to the library...I need more background info to understand the historical and math references
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Apr 16, 2011 Jack Vinson rated it really liked it
I heard the authors speak and couldn't stop myself from buying. The book is loaded with proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem (a^2 + b^2 = c^2) of right triangles.

Great for math geeks and the curious about the development of thought and thinking.
Jun 22, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heard Robert Kaplan speak on NPR and just had to check out this book. Fascinating read, but recommended for math weanies only!
Apr 17, 2011 Jason rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2011
Interesting in places, but I just couldn't stand the writing style. I ended up skipping around because I was interested in the math, but didn't read it all.
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Robert and Ellen Kaplan have taught mathematics to people from six to sixty, at leading independent schools and most recently at Harvard University. Robert Kaplan is the author of the best-selling The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero, which has been translated into 10 languages, and together they wrote The Art of the Infinite. Ellen Kaplan is also co-author of Chances Are: Adventures in ...more
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