Praise for the previous edition:
"...[an] excellent reference book...Highly recommended."—Choice
"The definitions are clear and easy to understand...useful to teachers...Recommended for academic, public, and some high-school libraries."—Booklist
"...a thorough resource for math students and instructors and would also provide excellent reference service...Recommended."—Library Media Connection
Like other areas of mathematics, geometry is a continually growing and evolving field. Computers, technology, and the sciences drive many new discoveries in mathematics. For geometry, the areas of quantum computers, computer graphics, nanotechnology, crystallography, and theoretical physics have been particularly relevant in the past few years.
There have been considerable developments in the field of geometry since the first edition of The Facts On File Geometry Handbook was published. An ideal primer for middle and high school students on the subject of geometry, this revised edition highlights new developments while expanding on the material in the first edition. More than 300 new glossary terms have been added as well as new biographies, events, charts, tables, theorems, and photographs and line illustrations.
New and revised entries include:
- Algebraic equation
- Devil’s pitchfork
- Hausdorff distance
- John Hubbard
- Isometric perspective
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
- Magic square
- Monstrous Moonshine Madness
- Isaac Newton
- Grigory Perelman
- Root snail
- School Mathematics Study Group (SMSG)
- Sudoku square
- Wheel of Theodorus
- Windmill Theorem.
Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references. Chronology. Tables and charts. Web sites.
About the Author(s)
Catherine A. Gorini, Ph.D., is a recognized expert in geometry and an award-winning teacher. She is editor of Geometry at Work, a collection of papers in applied geometry published by the Mathematical Association of America. She is also the author of many articles related to geometry, mathematics, and mathematics education. Her numerous awards for teaching include the Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America. Gorini has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Virginia and more than 30 years of experience teaching mathematics. She is currently professor of mathematics and dean of faculty at Maharishi University of Management.