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Art & Spirit in Mathematics: The Lessons of Japanese Temple Geometry (part I)

Imagine for a moment being in a church where mathematics groups meet regularly to solve geometry problems and to pose new ones, to learn new tools for solving intractable ones, and to celebrate beauty that is…

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The Emptiness and Potency of 108

Buddhism and mathematics two paths to our sacred number maverick mathematician / vajrayana Buddhist I see all of mathematics as marvelous manifestation of emptiness Mathematical objects lack independence through three dependencies on conventional designation on parts…

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Art & Spirit in Mathematics: The Lessons of Japanese Temple Geometry (part II)

Three Temple Geometry Problems Presented on Beautiful Trees I am an occasional artist, and have been working for several years on a series of slides now called Japanese Temple Geometry on Beautiful Trees. Geometric diagrams taken…

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Art & Spirit in Mathematics: The Lessons of Japanese Temple Geometry (part III)

C. The Elegant Economy of the Susaka Triangle This is a dynamic problem, and each slide catches it in three positions. The problem is elegant in its economy, consisting of a right triangle, a circular arc, and…

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