Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof by Burkard Polster

Suggested Audience: middle school, high school, and beyond

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When it comes to math, some people are predominantly visual learners, and for them a good diagram goes a long way. For these people, and for others as well, Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof will strike a powerful chord. This wonderful little book addresses a collection of classical mathematical proofs, and for each one a beautiful illustration serves to make clear the mathematics involved. Most of the proofs require no more than an understanding of basic algebra and geometry, as well as the ability to follow a well-constructed logical argument.

The strength of this book is that the text, in conjunction with the illustrations, helps the reader to an intuitive understanding of the proof. For each proof the reader is treated to a single page of clear, concise explanation faced with a single page of exquisite illustrations. It’s the kind of book that you can pick up, enjoy a few proofs, and put down for another time. The math is so beautifully presented, however, that you might not want to put it down at all!

If you’re interested in more math books in this Wooden Books series, you might want to check out The Golden Section, Sacred Geometry, Islamic Design, and many other wonderful titles.