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In summary, the speaker will be doing a 12-15 minute presentation on the great theorems of mathematics inspired by William Dunham's book "Journey through the genius". Other potential topics mentioned were Quipu, number theory, and the golden ratio, but the speaker will be sticking to their original plan of theorems. The golden ratio was deemed as often being misused and straying into pseudoscience. The speaker eventually decided on doing a presentation on Euler's identity, which will cover its historical, mathematical, and scientific significance. The presentation will be held in late April.

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I would stay away from this as it's nothing but hand waving.sunny79 said:Other topics I had in my mind were Quipu : The mathematics of the Incas. Number theory and Golden ratio

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Evo said:I would stay away from this as it's nothing but hand waving.

These? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu

I think they'd make for a pretty interesting presentation.

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He was talking about golden ratio. If he wants to do a historical report just about how the Inca counted, no problem, if that's allowed.jack476 said:These? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu

I think they'd make for a pretty interesting presentation.

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Why is the golden ratio nothing but hand waving?

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It is often misused, you'll see it used with numerology and pseudoscience and outright woowoo.ulianjay said:Why is the golden ratio nothing but hand waving?

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ulianjay said:Why is the golden ratio nothing but hand waving?

It's really more of an observation than a rigorously derived result. And Evo is right that it can stray dangerously close to math woo.

Evo said:It is often misused, you'll see it used with numerology and pseudoscience and outright woowoo.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will be sticking to my original plan of theorems.

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Anyway, looking back, I don't think the OP meant to combine the Inca and the golden ratio, I believe he meant them as separate topics..

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Sounds interesting, good luck with it!sunny79 said:

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Thanks a lot.

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