Mathematics is a precise field, but some of the most brilliant advances came about by mistakes and the chains of thoughts those mistakes started.
Mercy College Dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics has co-written a book, just released, on “Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics.”
“This book is for the general audience, both those who love math and those who haven’t been given the opportunity to love it yet, to help them realize that mistakes in mathematics give a keener insight into the field,” said Alfred S. Posamentier, who wrote the book with Gerhardt Ackermann, professor and retired president of Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany.
“Magnificent Mistakes,” which is written for the layman, begins with a look at the mathematicians who crafted the science, from Pythagoras to Newton, and talks about not only the mistakes made over time but the results those mistakes led other mathematicians to discover. It is designed as a window into understanding and appreciating math, Posamentier said.
Posamentier has published more than 50 books, including “The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty” and “Math Charmers: Tantalizing Tidbits for the Mind;” and with Ingmar Lehmann, “The Glorious Golden Ratio,” ‘Mathematical Amazements and Surprises,” “The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers” and “Pi: A Biography of the World’s Most Mysterious Number.”
Mercy College is in Dobbs Ferry.