Date: 19 May 1995 07:56:42 -0400 From: Lauren Jones Subject: Spirals Hi, I am a fellow Swarthmorean and I am working with a group here, at the University of Alabama, on a project called "Integrated Science". We are writing a curriculum for the seventh graders for this fall and we hope to include a section on spirals, but we are having a hard time finding clear information on spirals. We have plenty of information on logarithmic and Archimedean spirals, but I have read about "algebraic" spirals called "cissoid" and "conchoid" which Descartes deemed more exact than the "transcendental" logarithmic and Archimedean spirals, but I have not been able to find any other information on these figures. I am waiting to hear from someone in the math department here, but maybe you can help. Sincerely, Lauren Jones
Date: 9 Jun 1995 12:02:14 -0400 From: Dr. Ken Subject: Re: Spirals Hello there! Here's one reference I found that you might want to check out. It doesn't have much, but it's a start. AUTHOR Kline, Morris, 1908- TITLE Mathematical thought from ancient to modern times. PUBLISHER New York, Oxford University Press, 1972. DESCRIPT xvii, 1238 p. illus. 24 cm. SUBJECT Mathematics --History. NOTE Includes bibliographies. ISBN 0195014960. -K
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