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Roots of Unity

Strumming the Lute of Pythagoras

A drawing by Joseph Koch incorporates the Lute of Pythagoras into a portrait of Pythagoras himself. Image copyright Joseph Koch. Used with permission.

When I was at the Joint Math Meetings in January, the evocative name “Lute of Pythagoras” jumped out at me in a talk by Ann Hanson of Columbia College in Chicago. Hanson teaches a course, Math in Art and Nature, that satisfies the general math requirement for Columbia College but comes with a healthy helping [...]

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