Puzzles and Discovery

  • Marcel Danesi
Part of the Mathematics in Mind book series (MATHMIN)


The story behind the discovery of π has been used in this book to argue that the kind of proof to estimate its value harbors an archetype (polygoning the circle), since it shows up in different eras and diverse languages. Establishing a relation between archetypal thinking and puzzles has been a primary aim of this book. A second aim has been to argue that the archetype often migrates to other domains serendipitously to produce further insights both within and outside mathematics. As an example of the serendipitous appearance of π, consider the following game:


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  • Marcel Danesi
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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