Wednesday, March 10, 2004

The Mathematical American & Sangaku

Scientific American has an online collection of articles titled "The Mathematical American" (not free, alas).

One article that intrigued me was the note on Japanese Temple Geometry (Sangaku) by Tony Rothman:

During Japan's period of national seclusion (1639-1854), native mathematics thrived, as evidenced in sangaku--wooden tablets engraved with geometry problems hung under the roofs of shrines and temples

There is a nice link discussing some of the problems.
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