
06494808
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2015f.00660
Faux, Geoff
Pythagoras believed that `the gods' used the small whole numbers to design the universe. What was his evidence?
Math. Teach. (Derby) 237, 713 (2013).
2013
Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), Derby
EN
G40
F60
A60
Pythagorean theorem
meetings
planning
experience reports
patterns in small numbers
natural numbers
number theory
odd numbers
cubes
squares
prime numbers
circles
regular polygons
squares
distances
Pythagorean triples
Pythagorean numbers
triangles
incircles
radius
area
multiple incircles
tessellations
ratio in three dimensions
volume
Summary: The author reconstructs his opening session at Conference 2013. Presenting the opening plenary session at Conference is both a challenge and something of an honour. The planning involved needs a rigour that might not come easy to the best of presenters. Here is the result of a rigorous planning process that seeks to set a mathematical scene, within a theme that both engaged delegates, and provided much `food for thought'.