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Stories by Tony Rothman

Look East, Young Man

When I happen to tune into a late-night talk show devoting its hour to the dismal state of American education, the experience is invariably dejá-vu all over again: With depressing regularity a district administrator bemoans test scores.

August 29, 2012 — Tony Rothman

Japanese Temple Geometry

During Japan's period of national seclusion (1639--1854), native mathematics thrived, as evidenced in sangaku- wooden tablets engraved with geometry problems hung under the roofs of shrines and temples

May 1, 1998 — Tony Rothman
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The 300-foot radio telescope has collapsed

February 1, 1989 — Tony Rothman
Plus Ça Change...

Plus Ça Change...

Once again: The gravitational constant is constant

November 1, 1988 — Tony Rothman
God Takes a Nap

God Takes a Nap

A computer finds that Pluto's orbit is chaotic

October 1, 1988 — Tony Rothman
Son of Rubber

Son of Rubber

Rubber doped with iodine becomes an electrical conductor

August 1, 1988 — Tony Rothman
The Short Life of Évariste Galois

The Short Life of Évariste Galois

Legend has it that the young mathematician wrote down group theory the night before he was fatally shot in a duel. More careful investigation shows that Galois's remarkable ideas took somewhat longer to mature

April 1, 1982 — Tony Rothman
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine