The Infinite in the Finite

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CONTENTS
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1 Symphonies of stone1
2 The pyramid builders19
3 The Theban Mysteries42
4 Babylon Babylonian mathematics53
5 The Middle Kingdom73
Chinese mathematics73
6 The Achaeans105
7 A world made of numbers113
Pythagoras113
The shapes of numbers115
The regular polyhedra118
Euler's number124
Polyhedra in the world128
8 The thoughts of Zeus133
The symmetries of polygons133
The symmetry groups of the regular polyhedra142
9 The philosopher's criticism163
Geometry163
The Peloponnesian War168
Socrates171
Plato175
Aristotle181
Aristotle's logic183
The Stoics construct the truth196
10 The Elements of Euclid207
Euclid's dream208
Similar triangles215
The angles of triangles220

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