to Section 3
Section 1.3 Individual Research
Answer the question posed in
Problem 59, Section 1.3 for your own state.
If you live in California, then use Florida.
Check an almanac to find the
area of your state. Also, most states have a web
site which provides this information.
Read the article, "Mathematics at the Turn of the
Millennium," by Philip A. Griffiths, The American
Mathematical Monthly, January 2000, pp. 1-14.
Briefly describe each of these famous problems:
- Fermat's last theorem
- Kepler's sphere packing conjecture
- The four-color problem
Which of these problems are discussed later in
this text, and where?
The objective of this article was to communicate
something about mathematics to a general audience.
How well did it succeed with you? Discuss.