The following two antifeuilletons are inspired by an interesting book by Underwood Dudley, “A budget of trisections”. The author studies the phenomenon of people solving the unsolvable – angle trisection problem. It is natural for scientists and engineers dreaming of the day when an unsolved, important...

[caption id="attachment_7637" align="alignleft" width="320"] Image Courtesy: Shutterstock[/caption] Mathematics is full of beautiful results, facts and theorems. One of the fun things to do in mathematics is to play with the numbers. Anyone enthusiastic enough can play with numbers and thereby discover some beautiful things hidden within...

[caption id="attachment_7808" align="alignright" width="357"] Image Source : Shutterstock[/caption] A paradox is a fascinating and intriguing concept, studied by linguists, logicians, and philosophers. This article presents an overview of paradoxes and presents some examples. What are paradoxes? Simply stated, a paradox (or a logical paradox) is a statement that...

[caption id="attachment_7213" align="alignright" width="150"] Image Courtesy: Shutterstock[/caption] Here are a few questions related to mathematics: In a mathematical context, which city is famous for its bridges ? Which city's towers are famous in mathematics ? Where was de Morgan born ? Where is Leonhard Euler buried ? Where was the  first...

I am pi, 16th among the greek letters i stand; If you are too certain of my start and end, Wager and bet; in trouble you will land. As a number I start, A simple ratio of geometry conceived to be; When the circumference and diameter of a circle divided, Calculate and...

What is infinity? Is it a number or just another mathematical definition to fit our purpose? But then what are numbers? It is pointless asking such questions. The answers are some philosophical thoughts. Then how do we deal with them whenever they arise?