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ERIC Number: EJ906671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
The Shoemaker's Knife
Thomson, Ian
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v66 n4 p7-9 2010
Archimedes, the famous Greek mathematician, lived from 287 BCE until approximately 212 BCE. He thought that the figure of two semi-circles on a straight line enclosed by a larger semi-circle resembled a shoemaker's knife. Archimedes called this figure an "arbelos" since arbelos is the Greek word for a shoemaker's knife. The author describes the properties of the arbelos and how the arbelos continues to fascinate mathematicians.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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