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Andrew M. Gleason
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Gleasons theorem in quantum logic and the Greenwood–Gleason graph, an important example in Ramsey theory, are named for him. Gleasons entire academic career was at Harvard University, from which he retired in 1992 and his numerous academic and scholarly leadership posts included chairmanship of the Harvard Mathematics Department and Harvard Society of Fellows, and presidency of the American Mathematical Society. He continued to advise the United States government on security. Gleason won the Newcomb Cleveland Prize in 1952 and the Gung–Hu Distinguished Service Award of the American Mathematical Society in 1996 and he was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and held the Hollis Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Harvard. He was fond of saying that mathematical proofs really arent there to convince you that something is there to show you why it is true. His older brother Henry, Jr. became a linguist and he grew up in Bronxville, New York, where his father was the curator of the New York Botanical Garden. After briefly attending Berkeley High School he graduated from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, so I learned first year calculus and second year calculus and became the consultant to one end of the whole Old Campus. I used to do all the homework for all the sections of, I got plenty of practice in doing elementary calculus problems. I dont think there exists a problem—the classical kind of pseudo reality problem which first, one month later he enrolled in a differential equations course as well. When Einar Hille temporarily replaced the regular instructor, Gleason found Hilles style unbelievably different and he had a view of mathematics that was just vastly different. That was an important experience for me. So after that I took a lot of courses from Hille including, in his sophomore year, starting with that course with Hille, I began to have some sense of what mathematics is about. While at Yale he competed three times in the recently founded William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, always placing among the top five entrants in the country. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor during his year, Gleason applied for a commission in the US Navy. In 1946, at the recommendation of Navy colleague Donald Howard Menzel and he returned to Harvard in the fall of 1952, and soon after published the most important of his results on Hilberts fifth problem. Harvard awarded him tenure the following year, in January 1959 he married Jean Berko whom he had met at a party featuring the music of Tom Lehrer. Berko, a psycholinguist, worked for years at Boston University. In 1969 Gleason took the Hollis Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy and he died in 2008 from complications following surgery
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Compass
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A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or points. Usually, a called a compass rose shows the directions north, south, east. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the geographic directions, so, for example. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270. These numbers allow the compass to show azimuths or bearings, which are stated in this notation. The magnetic compass was first invented as a device for divination as early as the Chinese Han Dynasty, the first usage of a compass recorded in Western Europe and the Islamic world occurred around the early 13th century. The magnetic compass is the most familiar compass type and it functions as a pointer to magnetic north, the local magnetic meridian, because the magnetized needle at its heart aligns itself with the horizontal component of the Earths magnetic field. The needle is mounted on a pivot point, in better compasses a jewel bearing. When the compass is level, the needle turns until, after a few seconds to allow oscillations to die out. In navigation, directions on maps are usually expressed with reference to geographical or true north, the direction toward the Geographical North Pole, the rotation axis of the Earth. Depending on where the compass is located on the surface of the Earth the angle between north and magnetic north, called magnetic declination can vary widely with geographic location. The local magnetic declination is given on most maps, to allow the map to be oriented with a parallel to true north. The location of the Earths magnetic poles slowly change with time, the effect of this means a map with the latest declination information should be used. Some magnetic compasses include means to compensate for the magnetic declination. The first compasses in ancient Han dynasty China were made of lodestone, the compass was later used for navigation during the Song Dynasty of the 11th century. Later compasses were made of iron needles, magnetized by striking them with a lodestone, dry compasses began to appear around 1300 in Medieval Europe and the Islamic world. This was supplanted in the early 20th century by the magnetic compass. Modern compasses usually use a needle or dial inside a capsule completely filled with a liquid
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Conic section
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In mathematics, a conic section is a curve obtained as the intersection of the surface of a cone with a plane. The three types of conic section are the hyperbola, the parabola, and the ellipse, the circle is a special case of the ellipse, and is of sufficient interest in its own right that it was sometimes called a fourth type of conic section. The conic sections have been studied by the ancient Greek mathematicians with this work culminating around 200 BC, the conic sections of the Euclidean plane have various distinguishing properties. Many of these have used as the basis for a definition of the conic sections. The type of conic is determined by the value of the eccentricity, in analytic geometry, a conic may be defined as a plane algebraic curve of degree 2, that is, as the set of points whose coordinates satisfy a quadratic equation in two variables. This equation may be written in form, and some geometric properties can be studied as algebraic conditions. In the Euclidean plane, the conic sections appear to be different from one another. By extending the geometry to a projective plane this apparent difference vanishes, further extension, by expanding the real coordinates to admit complex coordinates, provides the means to see this unification algebraically. The conic sections have been studied for thousands of years and have provided a source of interesting. A conic is the curve obtained as the intersection of a plane, called the cutting plane and we shall assume that the cone is a right circular cone for the purpose of easy description, but this is not required, any double cone with some circular cross-section will suffice. Planes that pass through the vertex of the cone will intersect the cone in a point and these are called degenerate conics and some authors do not consider them to be conics at all. Unless otherwise stated, we assume that conic refers to a non-degenerate conic. There are three types of conics, the ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola, the circle is a special kind of ellipse, although historically it had been considered as a fourth type. The circle and the ellipse arise when the intersection of the cone and plane is a closed curve, if the cutting plane is parallel to exactly one generating line of the cone, then the conic is unbounded and is called a parabola. In the remaining case, the figure is a hyperbola, in this case, the plane will intersect both halves of the cone, producing two separate unbounded curves. A property that the conic sections share is often presented as the following definition, a conic section is the locus of all points P whose distance to a fixed point F is a constant multiple of the distance from P to a fixed line L. For 0 < e <1 we obtain an ellipse, for e =1 a parabola, a circle is a limiting case and is not defined by a focus and directrix, in the plane. The eccentricity of a circle is defined to be zero and its focus is the center of the circle, an ellipse and a hyperbola each have two foci and distinct directrices for each of them
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Angle trisection
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Angle trisection is a classical problem of compass and straightedge constructions of ancient Greek mathematics. It concerns construction of an equal to one third of a given arbitrary angle. The problem as stated is generally impossible to solve, as proved by Pierre Wantzel in 1837, however, although there is no way to trisect an angle in general with just a compass and a straightedge, some special angles can be trisected. For example, it is straightforward to trisect a right angle. It is possible to trisect an angle by using tools other than straightedge. For example, neusis construction, also known to ancient Greeks, involves simultaneous sliding and rotation of a marked straightedge, other techniques were developed by mathematicians over the centuries. Because it is defined in terms, but complex to prove unsolvable. These solutions often involve mistaken interpretations of the rules, or are simply incorrect, three problems proved elusive, specifically, trisecting the angle, doubling the cube, and squaring the circle. The problem of angle trisection reads, Construct an angle equal to one-third of an arbitrary angle. Pierre Wantzel published a proof of the impossibility of trisecting an arbitrary angle in 1837. Wantzels proof, restated in modern terminology, uses the algebra of field extensions. However Wantzel published these results earlier than Galois and did not use the connection between field extensions and groups that is the subject of Galois theory itself. The problem of constructing an angle of a given measure θ is equivalent to constructing two segments such that the ratio of their length is cos θ. From a solution to one of two problems, one may pass to a solution of the other by a compass and straightedge construction. The triple-angle formula gives an expression relating the cosines of the angle and its trisection. It follows that, given a segment that is defined to have unit length and this equivalence reduces the original geometric problem to a purely algebraic problem. Every irrational number which is constructible in a step from some given numbers is a root of a polynomial of degree 2 with coefficients in the field generated by these numbers. Therefore, any number which is constructible by a sequence of steps is a root of a polynomial whose degree is a power of two
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Regular polygon
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In Euclidean geometry, a regular polygon is a polygon that is equiangular and equilateral. Regular polygons may be convex or star, in the limit, a sequence of regular polygons with an increasing number of sides becomes a circle, if the perimeter is fixed, or a regular apeirogon, if the edge length is fixed. These properties apply to all regular polygons, whether convex or star, a regular n-sided polygon has rotational symmetry of order n. All vertices of a regular polygon lie on a common circle and that is, a regular polygon is a cyclic polygon. Together with the property of equal-length sides, this implies that every regular polygon also has a circle or incircle that is tangent to every side at the midpoint. Thus a regular polygon is a tangential polygon, a regular n-sided polygon can be constructed with compass and straightedge if and only if the odd prime factors of n are distinct Fermat primes. The symmetry group of a regular polygon is dihedral group Dn, D2, D3. It consists of the rotations in Cn, together with reflection symmetry in n axes that pass through the center, if n is even then half of these axes pass through two opposite vertices, and the other half through the midpoint of opposite sides. If n is odd then all pass through a vertex. All regular simple polygons are convex and those having the same number of sides are also similar. An n-sided convex regular polygon is denoted by its Schläfli symbol, for n <3 we have two degenerate cases, Monogon, degenerate in ordinary space. Digon, a line segment, degenerate in ordinary space. In certain contexts all the polygons considered will be regular, in such circumstances it is customary to drop the prefix regular. For instance, all the faces of uniform polyhedra must be regular, for n >2 the number of diagonals is n 2, i. e.0,2,5,9. for a triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon. The diagonals divide the polygon into 1,4,11,24, for a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit-radius circle, the product of the distances from a given vertex to all other vertices equals n. For a regular simple n-gon with circumradius R and distances di from a point in the plane to the vertices. For a regular n-gon, the sum of the distances from any interior point to the n sides is n times the apothem. This is a generalization of Vivianis theorem for the n=3 case, the sum of the perpendiculars from a regular n-gons vertices to any line tangent to the circumcircle equals n times the circumradius
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Cubic function
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In algebra, a cubic function is a function of the form f = a x 3 + b x 2 + c x + d, where a is nonzero. Setting f =0 produces an equation of the form. The solutions of this equation are called roots of the polynomial f, If all of the coefficients a, b, c, and d of the cubic equation are real numbers then there will be at least one real root. All of the roots of the equation can be found algebraically. The roots can also be found trigonometrically, alternatively, numerical approximations of the roots can be found using root-finding algorithms like Newtons method. The coefficients do not need to be complex numbers, much of what is covered below is valid for coefficients of any field with characteristic 0 or greater than 3. The solutions of the cubic equation do not necessarily belong to the field as the coefficients. For example, some cubic equations with rational coefficients have roots that are complex numbers. Cubic equations were known to the ancient Babylonians, Greeks, Chinese, Indians, Babylonian cuneiform tablets have been found with tables for calculating cubes and cube roots. The Babylonians could have used the tables to solve cubic equations, the problem of doubling the cube involves the simplest and oldest studied cubic equation, and one for which the ancient Egyptians did not believe a solution existed. Methods for solving cubic equations appear in The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art, in the 3rd century, the Greek mathematician Diophantus found integer or rational solutions for some bivariate cubic equations. In the 11th century, the Persian poet-mathematician, Omar Khayyám, in an early paper, he discovered that a cubic equation can have more than one solution and stated that it cannot be solved using compass and straightedge constructions. He also found a geometric solution, in the 12th century, the Indian mathematician Bhaskara II attempted the solution of cubic equations without general success. However, he gave one example of an equation, x3 + 12x = 6x2 +35. He used what would later be known as the Ruffini-Horner method to approximate the root of a cubic equation. He also developed the concepts of a function and the maxima and minima of curves in order to solve cubic equations which may not have positive solutions. He understood the importance of the discriminant of the equation to find algebraic solutions to certain types of cubic equations. Leonardo de Pisa, also known as Fibonacci, was able to approximate the positive solution to the cubic equation x3 + 2x2 + 10x =20
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Hendecagon
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In geometry, a hendecagon or 11-gon is an eleven-sided polygon. A regular hendecagon is represented by Schläfli symbol, a regular hendecagon has internal angles of 147.27 degrees. The area of a regular hendecagon with side length a is given by A =114 a 2 cot π11 ≃9.36564 a 2, as 11 is not a Fermat prime, the regular hendecagon is not constructible with compass and straightedge. Because 11 is not a Pierpont prime, construction of a regular hendecagon is still impossible even with the usage of an angle trisector and it can, however, be constructed via neusis construction. Close approximations to the regular hendecagon can be constructed, however, for instance, the ancient Greek mathematicians approximated the side length of a hendecagon inscribed in a unit circle as being 14/25 units long. The following construction description is given by T, the regular hendecagon has Dih11 symmetry, order 22. Since 11 is a number there is one subgroup with dihedral symmetry, Dih1, and 2 cyclic group symmetries, Z11. These 4 symmetries can be seen in 4 distinct symmetries on the hendecagon, john Conway labels these by a letter and group order. Full symmetry of the form is r22 and no symmetry is labeled a1. The dihedral symmetries are divided depending on whether they pass through vertices or edges, cyclic symmetries in the middle column are labeled as g for their central gyration orders. Each subgroup symmetry allows one or more degrees of freedom for irregular forms, only the g11 subgroup has no degrees of freedom but can seen as directed edges. The Canadian dollar coin, the loonie, is similar to, but not exactly, the cross-section of a loonie is actually a Reuleaux hendecagon. Anthony dollar has a hendecagonal outline along the inside of its edges
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19 (number)
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19 is the natural number following 18 and preceding 20. In a 24-hour clock, the hour is in conventional language called seven or seven oclock. 19 is the 8th prime number, the sequence continues 23,29,31,37. 19 is the seventh Mersenne prime exponent,19 is the fifth happy number and the third happy prime. 19 is the sum of two odd discrete semiprimes,65 and 77 and is the base of the 19-aliquot tree. 19 is the number of fourth powers needed to sum up to any natural number. It is the value of g.19 is the lowest prime centered triangular number, a centered hexagonal number. The only non-trivial normal magic hexagon contains 19 hexagons,19 is the first number with more than one digit that can be written from base 2 to base 19 using only the digits 0 to 9, the other number is 20. 19 is The TCP/IP port used for chargen, astronomy, Every 19 years, the solar year and the lunar year align in whats known as the metonic cycle. Quran code, There have been claims that patterns of the number 19 are present a number of times in the Quran. The Number of Verse and Sura together in the Quran which announces Jesus son of Maryams birth, in the Bábí and Baháí faiths, a group of 19 is called a Váhid, a Unity. The numerical value of this word in the Abjad numeral system is 19, the Baháí calendar is structured such that a year contains 19 months of 19 days each, as well as a 19-year cycle and a 361-year supercycle. The Báb and his disciples formed a group of 19, There were 19 Apostles of Baháulláh. With a similar name and anti-Vietnam War theme, I Was Only Nineteen by the Australian group Redgum reached number one on the Australian charts in 1983, in 2005 a hip hop version of the song was produced by The Herd. 19 is the name of Adeles 2008 debut album, so named since she was 19 years old at the time, hey Nineteen is a song by American jazz rock band Steely Dan, written by members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and released on their 1980 album Gaucho. Nineteen has been used as an alternative to twelve for a division of the octave into equal parts and this idea goes back to Salinas in the sixteenth century, and is interesting in part because it gives a system of meantone tuning, being close to 1/3 comma meantone. Some organs use the 19th harmonic to approximate a minor third and they refer to the ka-tet of 19, Directive Nineteen, many names add up to 19,19 seems to permeate every aspect of Roland and his travelers lives. In addition, the ends up being a powerful key
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17 (number)
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17 is the natural number following 16 and preceding 18. In spoken English, the numbers 17 and 70 are sometimes confused because they sound similar, when carefully enunciated, they differ in which syllable is stressed,17 /sɛvənˈtiːn/ vs 70 /ˈsɛvənti/. However, in such as 1789 or when contrasting numbers in the teens, such as 16,17,18. The number 17 has wide significance in pure mathematics, as well as in applied sciences, law, music, religion, sports,17 is the sum of the first 4 prime numbers. In a 24-hour clock, the hour is in conventional language called five or five oclock. Seventeen is the 7th prime number, the next prime is nineteen, with which it forms a twin prime. 17 is the sixth Mersenne prime exponent, yielding 131071,17 is an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part and real part of the form 3n −1. 17 is the third Fermat prime, as it is of the form 22n +1, specifically with n =2, since 17 is a Fermat prime, regular heptadecagons can be constructed with compass and unmarked ruler. This was proven by Carl Friedrich Gauss,17 is the only positive Genocchi number that is prime, the only negative one being −3. It is also the third Stern prime,17 is the average of the first two Perfect numbers. 17 is the term of the Euclid–Mullin sequence. Seventeen is the sum of the semiprime 39, and is the aliquot sum of the semiprime 55. There are exactly 17 two-dimensional space groups and these are sometimes called wallpaper groups, as they represent the seventeen possible symmetry types that can be used for wallpaper. Like 41, the number 17 is a prime that yields primes in the polynomial n2 + n + p, the maximum possible length of such a sequence is 17. Either 16 or 18 unit squares can be formed into rectangles with equal to the area. 17 is the tenth Perrin number, preceded in the sequence by 7,10,12, in base 9, the smallest prime with a composite sum of digits is 17. 17 is the least random number, according to the Hackers Jargon File and it is a repunit prime in hexadecimal. 17 is the possible number of givens for a sudoku puzzle with a unique solution
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37 (number)
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37 is the natural number following 36 and preceding 38. Thirty-seven is the 12th prime number, a prime with 73. It is a hexagonal number and a star number. Every positive integer is the sum of at most 37 fifth powers,37 appears in the Padovan sequence, preceded by the terms 16,21, and 28. Since the greatest prime factor of 372 +1 =1370 is 137, the atomic number of rubidium The normal human body temperature in degrees Celsius Messier object M37, a magnitude 6. The duration of Saros series 37 was 1298.1 years, the Saros number of the lunar eclipse series which began on -1492 April 3 and ended on -194 May 22. The duration of Saros series 37 was 1298.1 years, kepler-37b is the smallest known planet. The New York Yankees, also for Stengel and this honor made him the first manager to have had his number retired by two different teams. In the NFL, The Detroit Lions, for Doak Walker, the San Francisco 49ers, for Jimmy Johnson. Thirty-seven is, The number of plays William Shakespeare is thought to have written, today the +37 prefix is shared by Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova, Armenia, Belarus, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. A television channel reserved for radio astronomy in the United States The number people are most likely to state when asked to give a number between 0 and 100. The inspiration for the album 37 Everywhere by Punchline List of highways numbered 37 Number Thirty-Seven, Pennsylvania, unincorporated community in Cambria County, Pennsylvania I37
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Raphael M. Robinson
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Raphael Mitchel Robinson was an American mathematician. Born in National City, California, Robinson was the youngest of four children of a lawyer and he was awarded from the University of California, Berkeley in mathematics, the BA, MA, and Ph. D. His Ph. D. thesis, on analysis, was titled Some results in the theory of Schlicht functions. In 1941, Robinson married his former student Julia Bowman and she became his Berkeley colleague and the first woman president of the American Mathematical Society. Robinson worked on logic, set theory, geometry, number theory. In 1937 he set out a simpler and more version of the John von Neumann 1923 axiomatic set theory. In 1950 Robinson proved that an essentially undecidable theory need not have a number of axioms by coming up with a counterexample. Q is finitely axiomatizable because it lacks Peano arithmetics axiom schema of induction, nevertheless Q, like Peano arithmetic, is incomplete, Robinson worked in number theory, even employing very early computers to obtain results. For example, he coded the Lucas-Lehmer primality test to determine whether 2n −1 was prime for all prime n <2304 on a SWAC. In 1952, he showed that these Mersenne numbers were all composite except for 17 values of n =2,3,5,7,13,17,19,31,61,89,107,127,521,607,1279,2203,2281. He discovered the last five of these Mersenne primes, the largest ones known at the time, alfred Tarski, A. Mostowski, and R. M. Robinson,1953. Leon Henkin,1995, In memoriam, Raphael Mitchell Robinson, in memoriam, Raphael Mitchell Robinson, Modern Logic 5,329. OConnor, John J. Robertson, Edmund F. Raphael M. Robinson, MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, the source for much of this entry. Raphael M. Robinson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project