Napoleon in my math class

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Napoleon in my math class

Postby Lady Meg » Wed Oct 12, 2005 2:02 pm

I?m wallowing in the primordial ooze that is math for most of my classes this semester. We are going over basic geometry, something I enjoy but unfortunately that could not hold my interest much this morning so I looked about in my course book while the professor was discussing the interior angle formula. I just happened to catch a page with Napoleon?s name on it and lo and behold, the eponymous character has lent his name to the math (or maths as I was once corrected) world as well.

Napoleon's Theorem:
http://www.cut-the-knot.org/proofs/napoleon_intro.shtml

I was wondering if anyone else has come across this in their studies? I seem to remember that he liked to dabble in mathematics and numbers but to have his own theorem, this was completely new information for this novice. My course book was careful to point out that although Napoleon was given the honor of having his name tacked onto the theorem, he may not have ?invented? and proved it. Any thoughts?

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Postby Morik » Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:58 am

Not on the math thing, but an ice cream is also named after him.

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Postby Lady Meg » Sat Oct 15, 2005 5:28 am

Truly Morik? Such luck, have you got a link? :D

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Postby Morik » Sat Oct 15, 2005 3:56 pm

No not a link but "helado de Napolitano" is what we call the combination of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream here in mexico.

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Postby Lady Meg » Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:17 pm

Forgive me Morik but I had thought that the three-tiered desert (can be made of several items, fruit, ice cream, waffers etc.) was named for the city of Naples, not the Emperor?

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Postby Lord Crow » Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:44 pm

Just about to say the same thing Lady Meg, lol

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Postby OG Grenadier » Sun Oct 16, 2005 1:51 am

He was a brilliant artilleryman after all :wink:

Most interesting dear Lady.
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Postby SirDabrowski » Sun Oct 16, 2005 2:10 am

"On each side of a given (arbitrary) triangle describe an equilateral triangle exterior to the given one, and join the centers of the three thus obtained equilateral triangles. Show that the resulting triangle is also equilateral."

I have not the faintest clue what that means. I've taken Algebra I, II, and Geometry. Yet none of that rings a bell. God Bless Public Education!

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Postby Morik » Sun Oct 16, 2005 6:23 am

Lady Meg wrote:Forgive me Morik but I had thought that the three-tiered desert (can be made of several items, fruit, ice cream, waffers etc.) was named for the city of Naples, not the Emperor?

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well want the city named after him??? :D if not it should have been.

Well i just asumed that it was named after him but i guess you are rigth.

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Postby Lady Meg » Sun Oct 16, 2005 3:05 pm

Fair enough Morik. :D

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Postby Lady Meg » Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:33 pm

I have just come from the same math course that mentioned the above topic and lo and behold someone did a presentation on it!

The ?someone? in particular dressed up as an older mathematician (white haired wig and all) and stuck on a cheesy, wheezing voice for good measure. He did a fine job of presenting the material while giving a nod to its developer- forgive me I do not know the correct term for a mathematical theorem-inventor. I understand the concept better now and will be giving lessons later. (Not really :) I wouldn?t want to put someone through math if they did not love it.)

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Postby HuronKing » Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:50 pm

Napoleon actually did have a dessert named after him.

I give you... Napoleon:
http://www.parisbread.com/Photos/napoleon.jpg

Also there is a brand of Belgian sour candy called Napoleon:
https://securewschent01.websitecomplete ... sp?prod=39
Kind of ironic if you ask me, that the Belgians should honor Napoleon by lending his name to sour candy. :lol:

And Wikipedia on Napoleon's Theorem:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon%27s_theorem
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