Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics
||Posamentier, Alfred S.|
|Publication Date:||Aug 2013|
| Publisher:||Prometheus Books, Publishers|
| Book Format:||Hardback|
|List Price:||USD $24.00|
| Book Description: |Two veteran math educators demonstrate how some "magnificent mistakes" had profound consequences for our understanding of mathematics' key concepts.
In the nineteenth century, English mathematician William Shanks spent fifteen years calculating the value of pi, setting a record for the number of decimal places. Later, his calculation was reproduced using large wooden numerals to decorate the cupola of a hall in the Palais de la D#65533;couverte in Paris. However, in... More Description