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29 December 2003 Vol. 8, No. 52 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS HandyGraph Version 1.1 | MathPro Press | Archimedes Palimpsest HANDYGRAPH VERSION 1.1 http://www.handygraph.com Del Rey Incorporated has released the Microsoft Word X version of their HandyGraph software. HandyGraph creates custom grids and blank graphs within Word documents, and is used for mixing graphs with text. Linear graphs, logarithmic graphs, and number lines can be produced in any size and number range. The user can customize the axis labels, including the use of pi and fractions, and specify grid spacing and colors. HandyGraph 1.1 must be used in conjunction with Microsoft Word: Word XP (2002), 2000, or 97 on Windows or Word v.X, 2001, or 98 on Macintosh. Download a free demo copy: http://www.handygraph.com/Download.htm For a licensed copy without limitations, the product may be registered for $21.95. CD-ROM copies may be purchased for an additional $8.00 (shipped to U.S. addresses only), and site licenses are offered at a discounted rate. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHPRO PRESS - Stanley Rabinowitz http://www.mathpropress.com/ MathPro Press specializes in the publication of compendiums and indexes of mathematics problems. Purchase MathPro Press books of problems from math olympiads and contests. Find a variety of resources in these areas of the site: - MathPro Online - a collection of 20,000 math problems - List of Mathematics Problem Books - Web Sites about Mathematics Competitions - Math Problem Center - Related Places of Interest Under "Electronic Publications" there are a number of resources, including: - Mathematical Style Sheet - A Survey of Algebraic Structures Simpler than a Group - On-line Mathematics Dictionary - On-line Glossary of Technical Notation -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ARCHIMEDES PALIMPSEST http://www.thewalters.org/archimedes/ The Archimedes Palimpsest is the oldest living manuscript containing the work of Archimedes and is on display at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. The manuscript itself includes the only copy of the treatise Method of Mechanical Theorems, in which Archimedes explained how he drew upon mechanical means to elucidate his mathematical theorems; and the only source in the original Greek for the treatise On Floating Bodies, in which he explored the physics of flotation and explained the formal proof for the principle of specific gravity. Features of the site include: - Archimedes - Palimpsest - History - Conservation - Comments on the mathematics by R. Netz, Professor of Ancient Science, Stanford University - The Archimedes Timeline (found at the bottom of each page) \|/ IN ARCHIMEDES' PUZZLE, A NEW EUREKA MOMENT The New York Times, December 14, 2003 Excerpted from the New York Times: "Twenty-two hundred years ago, the great Greek mathematician Archimedes wrote a treatise called the Stomachion. Unlike his other writings, it soon fell into obscurity. Little of it survived, and no one knew what to make of it." "But now a historian of mathematics at Stanford, sifting through ancient parchment overwritten by monks and nearly ruined by mold, appears to have solved the mystery of what the treatise was about...." "The Stomachion, concludes the historian, Dr. Reviel Netz, was far ahead of its time: a treatise on combinatorics, a field that did not come into its own until the rise of computer science...." The full article can be found online here: http://www.twincities.com/mld/observer/news/7487904.htm \|/ ARCHIMEDES - Chris Rorres http://www.mcs.drexel.edu/~crorres/Archimedes/contents.html This site is a collection of Archimedean miscellanea, supplemented by text and graphics. \|/ ARCHIMEDES' SQUARE - Kadon Enterprises http://www.gamepuzzles.com/archsqu.htm Archimedes' Square consists of 14 polygons of varying sizes and shapes dissected from a 12x12 square grid. The Palimpsest is the document that discusses Archimedes' Square known also as: - Loculus Archimedis - Loculus of Archimedes - Ostomachion - Stomachion - Syntemachion -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/discussions/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors Donations http://deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/GOL/giftsonline1_MF.asp Ask Dr. Math Books http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.mathbooks.html _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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