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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Sand Reckoner


from page 100 of the The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin

Archimedes was the original Sand Reckoner. I am not quite sure what the above diagram (found here) has to do with Archimedes argument, but it was the best illustration I could find in short order. I found another drawing that points out some interesting features of this diagram, if you are interested. I was hoping to find some pictures of tiles made based on this figure, but no so such luck.

1 comment:

Ole Phat Stu said...

The diagram has NOTHING to do with Archimedes text. It was drawn by a fencer and arbitrarily assigned the name "Sand Reckoner's diagram". Rather misleading IMHO :-(