Saturday, 13 December 2003

Stomachion found?

Dr. Reviel Netz of Stanford, a renowned Archimedes scholar, recently announced the discovery of an ancient text once thought to be lost — Archimedes' Stomachion. Historians and mathematicians once dismissed Stomachion as a minor work, but the newly-discovered fragment of its text suggests that it founded the branch of mathematics known as combinatorics. Combinatorics is concerned with finding "how many ways a given problem can be solved," in the words of an article in today's New York Times ("In Archimedes' Puzzle, a New Eureka Moment").

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