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A Guide to Higher Learning. Berkeley, California: Flying Fish Press, 2009. Berkeley, California:: Flying Fish Press,, 2009.. Edition of 100. 11.25 x 11.75 x 3.75" cloth covered clam shell box. Letterpress printed from photopolymer plates. Interior lid contain instructions on how to unfold the book. Bottom tray has instructions on how to refold the book. Includes 34 x 34" folded felt cloth for displaying and reading the book. Cloth folds into the center of the structure. Book consists of a central box surrounded by rows of square pages on all four sides. To read the book the whole assembly must be lifted from the tray and placed on the center of the cloth. Each square page is numbered clockwise. The reader thus begins with page 1 on the right and continues around the structure clockwise through page 12. Accompanying the structure is a 3 x 3" book, "The Answer Book." It is laid in the center of the book assemblage.Julie Chen, in "The Answer Book": A Guide to Higher Learning includes many elements that are highly technical in both language and concept which often go far beyond my own level of knowledge. I would like to thank the following people for their contributions to this project. Henri Ducharme and Laura Norin supplied all the mathematical formulas and equations that appear in the book and spent much time and effort trying to explain to me what they mean. The intricate patterns of lines that appear with the equations are origami crease patterns by Robert J. Lang and are used with his kind permission. "The mathematical statements are from the four branches of mathematics: abstract algebra, analysis, geometry, and number theory. The abstract algebra and analysis loops demonstrate the central concept of unity in mathematics. Each of the four equations has a version of '1' as its solution. The geometry loop evokes the surprise of newer geometries incompatible with Euclid's mathematics: once thought to be true absolutely is now true only conditionally. The vastness of mathematics yet unknown is hinted at by the conjectures in the number theory loop. Mathematics have been trying to prove or disprove these conjectures for centuries, but still do not know if either is true. "The origami crease patterns of Robert J. Lang that appear in the four quadrants of the book are shown here in miniature with descriptions and opus numbers of the amazingly detailed forms that can be made, each from a single piece of folded paper, by following the diagrams."At the center of this book is the beginning of an Ulam spiral, which illustrates the discovery that if the counting numbers are arranged on a spiral grid, the prime numbers - shown as red dots - form surprising and unexpected patterns. [Bookseller: Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC ]
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