ERIC Number: ED115487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Impossible in Mathematics.
The material in this reprint, with minor editorial changes, is from the chapter "Doing the Impossible" in MONKEY BUSINESS by Irving Adler. This 25-page booklet contains brief accounts of historical attempts to prove impossible problems in mathematics. The mathematical recreations in this booklet of geometric constructions include the trisection problem, the "fifteen" puzzle, the "64" puzzle, doubling the cube, squaring the circle, and perpetual motion machines. The latter problem extends from geometric construction to involve rules of nature. (JBW)
Descriptors: Algebra, Educational Games, Enrichment, Geometric Concepts, History, Mathematical Enrichment, Number Concepts, Problem Solving, Puzzles, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., 1906 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($1.10, discounts on quantity orders)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.
Note: Reprint of a 1957 publication