Advertisement

Coffee Hour and the Conway–Soifer Cover-Up

  • Alexander Soifer
Chapter

Abstract

During the years 2002–2004 I was visiting Princeton University with its fabulous mathematics department, a great fixture of which was a daily coffee hour in the commons room, attended by everyone, from students to the Beautiful Mind (John F.Nash, Jr.). For one such coffee hour I came thinking again about the drawing depicted in this book in Figure 2.2. This time I imagined that we dealt with equilateral triangles, and the crux of the figure was a demonstration that n 2 unit triangles can cover a triangle of side n.

Keywords

Side Length Equilateral Triangle Short Paper Constant Multiple Unit Triangle 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Letters, Arts and SciencesUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsUSA

Personalised recommendations