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By Stephen F. Kennedy, Donald J. Albers, Gerald L. Alexanderson, Della Dumbaugh, Frank A. Farris, Deanna B. Haunsperger, Paul Zorn

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The MAA was once based in 1915 to function a house for The American Mathematical Monthly. The project of the Association-to boost arithmetic, specifically on the collegiate level-has, even if, regularly been higher than only publishing world-class mathematical exposition. MAA participants have explored greater than simply arithmetic; we have now, as this quantity attempts to make glaring, investigated mathematical connections to pedagogy, background, the humanities, know-how, literature, each box of highbrow recreation. Essays, all commissioned for this quantity, comprise exposition by way of Bob Devaney, Robin Wilson, and Frank Morgan; heritage from Karen Parshall, Della Dumbaugh, and invoice Dunham; pedagogical dialogue from Paul Zorn, Joe Gallian, and Michael Starbird, and cultural remark from Bonnie Gold, Jon Borwein, and Steve Abbott.

This quantity comprises 35 essays by way of all-star writers and expositors writing to have fun a rare century for mathematics-more arithmetic has been created and released in view that 1915 than in all of past recorded heritage. we have solved age-old mysteries, created whole new fields of analysis, and altered our notion of what arithmetic is. a lot of these tales are instructed during this quantity because the participants paint a portrait of the vast cultural sweep of arithmetic throughout the MAA's first century. arithmetic is the main exciting, the main human, region of highbrow inquiry; you will discover during this quantity compelling facts of that claim.

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In other words, Pfeiffer constructed a function S with small divisors. He remarked in his paper that he had received a helpful (but unspecified) suggestion from George David Birkhoff. Birkhoff was no doubt familiar with small divisors problems in celestial mechanics, and perhaps he gave Pfeiffer advice on treating them. Pfeiffer observed that he became interested in Schr¨oder equation via the lectures of another American mathematician, Edward Kasner,5 a founding member of the MAA who taught Pfeiffer at Columbia.

Sylvester [11]. Although Kempe’s argument was incorrect, it nevertheless contains some important ideas that resurfaced in the eventual solution to the problem. Indeed, his error is somewhat subtle and his proof was regarded as correct by the mathematicians of the day. Before summarizing the main ideas of Kempe’s fallacious argument, we need a simple lemma. Lemma 1. Every map contains at least one country with at most five neighbors. Proof We use an important result of Leonhard Euler, who observed in 1750 that, for any polyhedron with F faces, V vertices, and E edges, F C V D E C 2: By projecting the polyhedron onto a plane we deduce that, for any map with C countries, P points of intersection, and L boundary lines, C C P D L C 2: Using Euler’s formula, we deduce that L Ä 3C 6: For, at least three lines meet at each of the P intersection points, so 2L 3P (the factor 2 arising since each line has two ends and is counted twice), and so P Ä 23 L; substituting this into Euler’s formula and rearranging gives the desired inequality.

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