## Mathematical surprises

Publication details: Switzerland: Springer Cham, [c2022]Description: 226 pISBN: 9783031135651LOC classification: QA99Online resources: Click here to access onlineItem type | Current library | Collection | Shelving location | Call number | Status | Date due | Barcode |
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Book | ICTS | Mathematics | Rack No 3 | QA99 (Browse shelf (Opens below)) | Checked out to Rifat Naaz (RNZ001) | 05/20/2024 | 02803 |

Chapter 1: The Collapsing Compass

Chapter 2: Trisection of an Angle

Chapter 3: Squaring the Circle

Chapter 4: The Five-Color Theorem

Chapter 5: How to Guard a Museum

Chapter 6: Induction

Chapter 7: Solving Quadratic Equations

Chapter 8: Ramsey Theory

Chapter 9: Langford’s Problem

Chapter 10: The Axioms of Origami

Chapter 11: Lill’s Method and the Beloch Fold

Chapter 12: Geometric Constructions Using Origami

Chapter 13: A Compass Is Sufficient

Chapter 14: A Straightedge and One Circle is Sufficient

Chapter 15: Are Triangles with Equal Areas and Perimeters Congruent?

Chapter 16: Construction of a Regular Heptadecagon

This is open access book provides plenty of pleasant mathematical surprises. There are many fascinating results that do not appear in textbooks although they are accessible with a good knowledge of secondary-school mathematics. This book presents a selection of these topics including the mathematical formalization of origami, construction with straightedge and compass (and other instruments), the five- and six-color theorems, a taste of Ramsey theory and little-known theorems proved by induction.

Among the most surprising theorems are the Mohr-Mascheroni theorem that a compass alone can perform all the classical constructions with straightedge and compass, and Steiner's theorem that a straightedge alone is sufficient provided that a single circle is given. The highlight of the book is a detailed presentation of Gauss's purely algebraic proof that a regular heptadecagon (a regular polygon with seventeen sides) can be constructed with straightedge and compass.

Although the mathematics used in the book is elementary (Euclidean and analytic geometry, algebra, trigonometry), students in secondary schools and colleges, teachers, and other interested readers will relish the opportunity to confront the challenge of understanding these surprising theorems.

Supplementary material to the book can be found at https://github.com/motib/suprises.

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