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A Disquisition on the Square Root of Three - About the Author / References

Author(s): 
Robert J. Wisner (New Mexico State University)

About the Author

Robert "Bob" Wisner is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at New Mexico State University. He was founding editor of SIAM Review, a publication of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He was the first full-time Executive Director of the MAA's Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM), 1960-1963. Bob also authored or coauthored numerous K-12 textbooks for Scott, Foresman; was Consulting Editor in Mathematics for Brooks/Cole for over 25 years; coauthored a liberal arts mathematics textbook; and recently coauthored a series of interactive calculus, business calculus, pre-calculus, and AP calculus textbooks, available on CDs from Hardy Calculus.

References

1. Archimedes, The Works of Archimedes, Edited by T. L. Heath, Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2002, pp. lxxx - lxxxi, also pp. 94 and 96; originally published in 1897 by Cambridge University Press, second edition including The Method originally published in 1912.

2. Leonard Eugene Dickson, History of the Theory of Numbers, vol. II: Diophantine Analysis, Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2005, p. 342; originally published in 1919-1923 by Chelsea Publishing, New York.

3. E. J. Dijksterhuis, Archimedes, Princeton University Press, 1987, pp. 234-236; originally published in 1938.

4. Thomas L. Heath, Diophantus Of Alexandria: A Study in the History of Greek Algebra, Cambridge University Press, 1910, p. 278; originally published in 1885.

5. Sherman Stein, Archimedes: What Did He Do Besides Cry Eureka?, Mathematical Association of America, Washington, D.C., 1999.

6. Robert J. Wisner, “The Classic Greek Ladder and Newton's Method,” Loci: Convergence (August 2009), DOI: 10.4169/loci003330, http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/46/?pa=content&sa=viewDocument&nodeId=3330

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