Pythagoras of Samos (569-500 BCE) was an actual person, but was also the founder of the Pythagoreans. He was a political figure and a mystic. Beyond this, he stood out in his time as he involved women as equals in his activities. The Pythagorean society focused on mathematics, but also had some religious properties which include […]Read more "Pythagoras and the Square Root of 2"
The prisoner’s dilemma is a very popular situation in crime fiction, and can be found in many areas of real life. It originated from Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher, however Albert Tucker is credited for formalizing it into its current form. So let us take a look. Two criminal partners, A and B, are arrested […]Read more "The Prisoner’s Dilemma"
This is the third and final post on the volume of a sphere. The other two can be accessed by the following links, “Coordinates in 3-Space” and “The Volume of a Sphere with Calculus” As the title suggests, this will be a derivation without the use of Calculus. This proof is Greek in origin, in […]Read more "The Volume of a Sphere (without Calculus)"
This post is second in a series of 3 beginning with “Coordinates in 3-space”. We have been taught that the volume of a sphere . We will go through two derivations of this, beginning with the Calculus version. We will make use of a theorem in calculus. Theorem: . Suppose we have a sphere of radius […]Read more "The Volume of a Sphere with Calculus"
This post was inspired by a calculus student and will be in three parts: This on the development of different coordinate systems, one with calculus and one without. We are taught in school that the volume of a sphere with radius is . In this post we shall look at a development in calculus that will not […]Read more "Coordinates in 3-Space"
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, … These numbers form one of the most recognizable sequences in the world. It is known as the Fibonacci sequence and it’s named after Leonardo Pisano, who was also known as the 13th century mathematician Fibonacci. The story goes, Fibonacci was working out the growth rate […]Read more "The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio"
Before we begin, I must say that this topic may not be as accessible as the other posts on this blog. It is intended for those who have had at least an introductory course in abstract algebra. I do intend on making quite a few posts like this but I will definitely be doing the […]Read more "Categories and Functors"