➳ [Reading] ➶ The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths By Alberto A. Martínez ➩ – Thomashillier.co.uk In this follow up to his popular Science Secrets, Alberto A Mart nez discusses various popular myths from the history of mathematics that Pythagoras proved the hypotenuse theorem, that Archimedes figu of Pythagoras: Kindle Ô In this follow up to his popular Science Secrets, Alberto A Mart nez discusses various popular myths from the history of mathematics that Pythagoras proved the hypotenuse theorem, that Archimedes figured out how to test the purity of a gold crown while he was in a bathtub, that the Golden Free Unlimited eBook Ratio The Cult MOBI :↠ is in nature and ancient architecture, that the young Galois created group theory the night before the pistol duel that killed him, and Some stories are partly true, others are entirely false, but all show the power of invention in history Pythagoras emerges as a symbol of the urge to conjecture and Cult of Pythagoras: Epub â fill in the gaps of history He has been credited with fundamental discoveries in mathematics and the sciences, yet there is nearly no evidence that he really contributed anything to such fields at all This book asks how does history change when we subtract the many small exaggerations and interpolations that writers ^{The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths PDF/EPUB ï The} have added for over two thousand years The Cult of Pythagoras is also about invention in a positive sense Most people view mathematical breakthroughs as discoveries rather than invention or creativity, believing that mathematics describes a realm of eternal ideas But mathematicians have disagreed about what is possible and impossible, about what counts as a proof, and even about the results of certain operations Was there ever invention in the history of concepts such as zero, negative numbers, imaginary numbers, quaternions, infinity, and infinitesimals Mart nez inspects a wealth of primary sources, in several languages, over a span of many centuries By exploring disagreements and ambiguities in the history of the elements of mathematics, The Cult of Pythagoras dispels myths that obscure the actual origins of mathematical concepts Mart nez argues that an accurate history that analyzes myths reveals neglected aspects of mathematics that can encourage creativity in students and mathematicians.

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 Hardcover
 288 pages
 The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths
 Alberto A. Martínez
 English
 06 July 2019 Alberto A. Martínez
 0822944189
This book is poorly titled It is about mathematical history and myths around different mathematicians I m really not sure what readership this book is intended for, and I won t recommend it to anybody I could only finish about half before giving up.
Another reason I must change my opinion from one that Math is a property of the Universe and is discovered to one that Math is invented The author belabors some points and the title is a bait and switch as the book isabout how math is built by consensus and evolves in interpretation I did learn that almost everything everyone says about Pythagoras is made up Also, I was disappointed to find out that claims about the golden ratio are also incredibly overblown Some ideas have lots of cha Another reason I must change my opinion from one that Math is a property of the Universe and is discovered to one that Math is invented The author belabors some points and the title is a bait and switch as the book isabout how math is built by consensus and evolves in interpretation I did learn that almost everything everyone says about Pythagoras is made up Also, I was disappointed to find out that claims about the golden ratio are also incredibly overblown Some ideas have lots of charisma it seems, but, in actual fact, the math does not actual match the realityFavorite quote in the book A mathematician can say anything he pleases, but a physicist must be at least partially sane Gibbs 1877
The history of mathematics sandwiched in between questions of the historical reality of Pythagoras made for great reading and intriguing examination of the myths I confess I passed on to my students in 26 years of teaching Everything I ever thought I knew about mathematical history was called into question, from Gauss s precious abilities to add strings of numbers to the extent to which mathematics is found in nature are examined and re examined Is mathematics invented or discovered I guess i The history of mathematics sandwiched in between questions of the historical reality of Pythagoras made for great reading and intriguing examination of the myths I confess I passed on to my students in 26 years of teaching Everything I ever thought I knew about mathematical history was called into question, from Gauss s precious abilities to add strings of numbers to the extent to which mathematics is found in nature are examined and re examined Is mathematics invented or discovered I guess it s a little bit of both and as such continues to fascinate
As a middle school and high school math teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it corrected much of the false information I have been passing onto my students over the years I was a little sad that it wasn taccessible to those that aren t as mathematically minded.
It was interesting, but at times I felt it would have been better if it had been shorter.
Everyone knows that Pythagoras was an early Greek mathematician, that he proved the Pythagorean theorem, and that he was one of the first to glimpse our modern conception of the world that the universe can be described by numbers Everyone knows this, but is there actually any historical basis to these claims What do we really know about Pythagoras and what he did, and how much of what is taught about him in math classes is actually myth Apparently quite a bit, according to Alberto Martine Everyone knows that Pythagoras was an early Greek mathematician, that he proved the Pythagorean theorem, and that he was one of the first to glimpse our modern conception of the world that the universe can be described by numbers Everyone knows this, but is there actually any historical basis to these claims What do we really know about Pythagoras and what he did, and how much of what is taught about him in math classes is actually myth Apparently quite a bit, according to Alberto Martinez The Cult of Pythagoras could have as easily been titled The Myths of Pythagoras Martinez, a historian of science at the University of Texas, Austin, convincingly argues in the first two chapters of this work that the foundation on which we ve built the myth of Pythagoras and his accomplishments is very thin indeed Martinez does what generations of math historians and popularizers of science have failed to do drill down to the source material and examine what ancient authorities actually have to say about the man What he finds is that the earliest accounts are vague, contradictory, and emphasize Pythagoras s mythical attributes his teachings as a religious figure and his reported miracles as much as they do his mathematics What fascinates Martinez is the way that these accounts have been distorted and magnified over the centuries until we get the Pythagoras of modern conception today the veritable father of mathematics.Pythagoras actually takes up only fraction of this book The subtitle, Math and Myths, gives a better indication of the bulk of the work Besides Pythagoras, Martinez debunks other famous myths from the history of mathematics Gauss finding the sum of all integers from 1 to 100 during a grade school exercise Euler getting imaginary numbers wrong Galois tragic tale The golden ratio popping up everyone where in nature and art and architecture If the book was simply a historian of science plumbing the depths of the historical source material and making modern promulgators of these stories look foolish, it would be worth the admission alone.But Martinez has a deeper program here There s a fundamental myth about mathematics that he uses many of these other minor myths to explode And that is the Platonic conception of mathematics as something somehow independent of the physical world itself, existing beyond our own mental constructions This is the perception of mathematics existing eternal and unchanging, of mathematical discovery as not inventing new systems but instead discovering truths that were there all along What Martinez sees instead, when he looks at the history of mathematics, is the story of things being formalized and formulated, not discovered In particular, Martinez examines the nature of imaginary numbers, the problem of dividing by zero, and the rules regulating multiplication by negatives These are not mathematical properties written in stone, Martinez argues, though they re often taught that way They are instead conventions that developed slowly over time.Against a mathematical Platonism on the one hand and a radical constructivism on the other, Martinez ventures into philosophy and poses his own system of mathematical pluralism Some fundamental tenants of mathematics are true independent of human though 2 2 will always equal 4, for instance, whether or not there is anyone around to see or discover this fact But other mathematical principles are constructed, like William Hamilton s quaternions The problem is, Martinez doesn t provide us with any way of distinguishing which portions of mathematics fall into which category Are the principles of Euclidean geometry independent of human thought Would the Pythagorean theorem hold for all right triangles, regardless of whether there were humans around to mentally construct them Or does the construction of self consistent non Euclidean geometries argue against this There s fertile ground for philosophical speculation there, which I would have liked to have seen Martinez follow up on.At the end of the book, Martinez returns to Pythagoras Why is it so easy to hang accomplishments on this man s name without any secure historical basis Beyond mathematics, Martinez explains, Pythagoras also gets attributions from religion, new age thought, philosophy, alchemy, astronomy, andHere Martinez ventures into sociology, explaining how accomplishments whether actual or not tend to accrue to people who are already famous The very paucity of real data regarding Pythagoras, Martinez concludes, makes him a sort of vessel in which all these attributes can be poured, a well known cipher from antiquity for our own values that we wish to project into the past.In sum, The Cult of Pythagoras, though the prose is in places is uneven and the book itself wanders in the multiple points it makes, is a powerful argument for expelling myth from the teaching of mathematics The history of mathematics itself, based not on unfounded stories but on the real historical events and accomplishments, is farinteresting and compelling than the unhelpful myths that are propagated regarding mathematicians and the practice of mathematics itself Martinez s scholarship is grounded on what the texts actually tell us, and I heartily recommend to anyone teaching mathematics The chapters on Pythagoras alone make this worth any mathematician s bookshelf