Contents of the March/April 1998 issue of Quantum
Ramanujan the Phenomenon
by S. G. Gindikin
The life of one of this centurys preeminent mathematical geniuses, including some of his more artistic results.
The Thermodynamic Universe
by I. D. Novikov
Does time have a beginning and an end? Is heat death inevitable? Consider the possibilities in this exploration of universal evolution.
by A. Egorov and A. Kotova
When we change the rules to make 7 + 6 = 3, arithmetic becomes a whole new ball game. A ball game, that is, with many of the same rules as traditional arithmetic.
Gradus Ad Parnassum: Symmetry in Algebra
by Mark Saul and Titu Andreescu
Its O.K. We all feel a tad unbalanced on occasion. Heal yourself with some group theory.
Kaleidoscope: On the Edge
by Igor Sharygin
Are you a master of geometric constructions? Surrender your compass and see how you fare.
Looking Back: Revolutionary Teaching
by Yuri Solovyov
Why go to college? For the fatherland, sciences, and fame!
Physics Contest: Around and Around She Goes
by Larry D. Kirkpatrick and Arthur Eisenkraft
Can you keep a clear head while riding a merry-go-round? Have a go, then, at these problems and see if your head doesnt spin.
At the Blackboard I: Points of Interest
by I. F. Sharygin
During your next visit to a triangle, check out these hot spots.
At the Blackboard II: The Horrors of Resonance
by A. Stasenko
A look at the theoretical perils faced by an airliner as it rolls down the runway. The seatbelt sign is lit.
Cowculations: Milk Routes
by Dr. Mu
Cream County is snowed in, but the milk must go through.
In the Lab: Homemade Pendulums
by G. L. Kotkin
It dont mean a thing . . .
How Do You Figure?: Challenges in Physics and Math
Brainteasers: Just for the Fun of It!
Scientific crossword puzzle.
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