Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery

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EPILOGUE

“Cabin crew, take your seats.” The captain’s voice filled the dimly lit business class section of the cabin where Elmer Galway and Bradley Johnston were comfortably seated. British Airways flight 93 from London Heathrow to Toronto’s International Airport was on its final approach to its destination. Galway looked out the window. The aircraft was plunging into a sea of thick clouds and a light drizzle tapped on the window pane. It was the spring of 2000, almost two and a half years from the day Irena Montryan had first come to Oxford to seek Galway’s help for her exhibition and had ended up talking to his former student instead.

Bradley Johnston was looking forward to seeing her again and hoping to have the chance to get to know her better. The next few hours promised to be busy, though. A limousine was to pick them up at the airport and take them to their hotel. They would then have just enough time to check in, freshen up, and get dressed for the evening before being chauffeured down to the museum for the exhibition’s official opening at 7:30 p.m. Many local personalities and officials were expected to attend the reception. Galway would deliver one of the speeches, a foretaste of his talk on the papyrus and the story of its discovery scheduled for the following afternoon.

Bradley, with no official business of his own, would probably be following Galway around and be taken for his assistant—a prospect he didn’t particularly relish. Irena had insisted he should come along too, and since the museum covered the expenses he had accepted the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • List of Main Characters (Chapter in Which They Are Introduced) xi
  • Prologue xiii
  • Part I- A Time Capsule? 1
  • Chapter 1- The Fifteen Puzzle 3
  • Chapter 2- The Impossible Manuscript 10
  • Chapter 3- Game over 19
  • Chapter 4- A Trip to London 25
  • Chapter 5- A Letter from the Past 32
  • Chapter 6- Found and Lost 38
  • Chapter 7- A Death in the Family 46
  • Part II- An Extraordinarily Gifted Man 51
  • Chapter 8- The Mission 53
  • Chapter 9- Norton Thorp 63
  • Chapter 10- Random Numbers 69
  • Chapter 11- Randomness Everywhere 76
  • Chapter 12- Vanished 82
  • Part III- A Sect of Neo­ Pythagoreans 83
  • Chapter 13- The Mandate 85
  • Chapter 14- The Beacon 87
  • Chapter 15- The Team 98
  • Chapter 16- The Hunt 106
  • Chapter 17- The Symbol of the Serpent 115
  • Chapter 18- A Professional Job 122
  • Chapter 19- with a Little Help from Your Sister 126
  • Part IV- Pythagoras' Mission 137
  • Chapter 20- All Roads Lead to Rome 139
  • Chapter 21- Kidnapped 152
  • Chapter 22- The Last Piece of the Puzzle 158
  • Epilogue 169
  • Appendix 1- Jule's Solution 171
  • Appendix 2- Infinitely Many Primes 173
  • Appendix 3- Random Sequences 175
  • Appendix 4- A Simple Visual Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem 177
  • Appendix 5- Perfect and Figured Numbers 178
  • Notes, Credits, and Bibliographical Sources 181
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