Proof by Numbers

October 5, 2003
(was 09.22.2002)

In Japan’s ancient Edo period, the math geek was born – but it’s not who you think!  Samurai, women, children and farmers were among the original creators of the sangaku - Japanese temple geometry.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, math for the gods.  Also, can numbers unlock the secrets of the universe?  Magic square devotees might have the answer.

  1. Tony Rothman on Sangaku

    Tony Rothman talks with Jim Fleming about Sangaku - the ancient tradition of Japanese temple geometry, which flourished during Japan’s period of isolation from the West.

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  2. Michael Gurian on Girls and Math

    Michael Gurian is an educator and therapist and author of “The Wonder of Girls.”  He gives Jim Fleming some advice about helping girls master math.

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  3. Benjamin Yandell on Mathematicians

    Benjamin Yandell tells Jim Fleming about the colorful personalities of the mathematicians who tackled some of the toughest problems in their field.

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  4. Clifford Pickover on Magic Squares

    Physicist Clifford Pickover talks with Steve Paulson about Magic Squares and why people get hooked on them.

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  5. Ericka Kreutz and Robert Quinlan on "Proof"

    Ericka Kreutz and Robert Quinlan from the Madison Repertory Theatre production of David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Proof,” talk with Anne Strainchamps, and perform excerpts from the play.

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