PROOF BY NUMBERS
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
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.
Tony Rothman teaches physics at Bryn
Mawr. He talks with Jim Fleming about Sangaku - the ancient
tradition of Japanese temple geometry, which flourished
during Japan's period of isolation from the West. Also,
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.
is the author of "The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems
and Their Solvers." He tells Jim Fleming about the
colorful personalities of the mathematicians who tackled
some of the toughest problems in their field. Also, physicist
Clifford Pickover talks with Steve Paulson about
Magic Squares and why people get hooked on them. His book
is "The Zen of Magic Squares." To view other magic
squares like the one at the right, go to: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/mathcon.html.
For more information about Clifford Pickover, visit his
web site: www.pickover.com
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. "Proof" concerns a mathematician's daughter
and a former student who comes looking for mathematical
discoveries in the old man's notebooks.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-09-22-B.
- Michael Gurian, The Wonder of Girls:
Understanding the Hidden Nature of our Daughters (Pocket
- Cliff Pickover, The Zen of Magic Squares
- Benjamin H. Yandell, The Honors Class:
Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers (A.K. Peters)
- -Godanginuta/ Soloists of the Ensemble Nipponia/
Japan - Trad Vocal and Instrumental Music: Shakuhaci, Biwa, Koto,
Shamisen / Elektra, Nonesuch
- -New Math/ Tom Lehrer/ That Was The Year That Was/
- -Ramrod/ Duane Eddy/ Twang Thang/ Rhino
- -Revolution 9/ The Beatles/ White Album/ Capitol
- -Waltz for Debby/ Ramsey Lewis & Billy Taylor/
We Meet Again/ CBS Records
- -Tremors/ Turtle Island String Quartet/ Skylife/
Windham Hill Jazz
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