Mercy College National Scholar and Dean of its School of Education Dr. Alfred S. Posamentier, Authors New Book on the Beauty of Math

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Book Explores Pythagorean Theorem’s History, Early Use, Applications and Non-Mathematical Manifestations in Nature and Music

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The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty.

Dr. Alfred S. Posamentier, dean of Mercy College’s School of Education, explores the history and importance of the Pythagorean Theorem in his recently released book “The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty.”

According to Dr. Posamentier, the book “presents this glorious, and perhaps most important, mathematical relationship and examines its history, some intuitive proofs, applications in geometry, and many of its surprising aspects.”

“It’s also an excellent illustration of how math can be fun,” said Dr. Posamentier, author and co-author of 53 mathematics books.

More than 300 pages, the book explores the theorem’s history, beginning with a brief look at Pythagoras and the early use of the Pythagorean Theorem by the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Indians and Chinese. It further examines the ingenious ways in which the theorem has been proved and demonstrates some of the curious applications it has been used for throughout the centuries. The book concludes with a look at the theorem from a non-mathematical point of view, exploring the many ways it manifests itself through nature and even in music.

About Dr. Alfred S. Posamentier
Dr. Posamentier was appointed dean of Mercy College’s School of Education in August 2010. Prior to joining the College, he served as Distinguished Lecturer at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York. He is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education at The City College of the City University of New York, and former dean of the School of Education (1999-2009). He is the author and co-author of 53 mathematics books, including Math Charmers: Tantalizing Tidbits for the Mind and (with Ingmar Lehmann) Mathematical Amazements and Surprises, The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers, and Pi: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number, and is a leading commentator on topics relating to education and mathematics.

About Mercy College
Mercy College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1950, providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn degrees in more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts. An engaging and personalized learning experience, that includes the college’s revolutionary PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program, is offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, as well as campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and White Plains. 877-MERCY-GO.

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