id: 05897303
dt: j
an: 2011e.00512
au: Stewart, Ian
ti: Cooking the classics.
so: Math. Intell. 33, No. 1, 61-71 (2011).
py: 2011
pu: Springer US, New York, NY
la: EN
cc: E50
ut:
ci:
li: doi:10.1007/s00283-010-9189-9
ab: In this nice paper, Professor Stewart presents non-traditional proofs to a
variety of well-known classical results, including, for instance, a
demonstration of the irrationality of root two, a proof of a basic
property of integers, the solution of polynomial algebraic equations by
radicals, the trisection of angles, to mention a few. Making no claims
of originality or superiority, he argues that “it’s a useful
exercise to find alternatives to the classic proofs, some of which have
become clichés and some of which do make a bit of a mouthful of things
that can be done more clearly and more simply.”
rv: Svitlana P. Rogovchenko (Umeå)