Contents of the September/October 1996 issue of Quantum
The Multidimensional Cube
by Vladimir Dubrovsky
In honor of the quadricentennial of the birth of René Descartes, one of the founders of analytic geometry, we offer a look at one of its outgrowthsthe notion of multidimensional space. In particular, this article serves as an introduction to the n-dimensional cube, which will be featured in several articles in this issue.
Resistance in the Multidimensional Cube
by F. Nedemeyer and Y. Smorodinsky
Once you overcome your resistance to the multidimensional cube, youll find this application of n-dimensionality quite handy.
by Arkady Skopenkov
Another application of the n-dimensional cubeone that caused an intriguing conjecture in combinatorial geometry to unravel.
The Name Game of the Elements
by Henry D. Schreiber
What do the elements with atomic numbers 104 and 106 have in common? Both are named rutherfordium! How can that be? This article proves that chemistry and politics dont mix.
In the Open Air: The Ashen Light of the Moon
by Alexey Byalko
An investigation of the faint glow of the very young (or very old) moon.
Kaleidoscope: Are You Relatively Sure?
How well do you understand relativity, in all its shifty manifestations?
Math Investigations: Embedding Triangles in Lattices
by George Berzsenyi
Revisiting a problem dating back to the 1980s and a file named Math.Note maintained at the Digital Equipment Corporation.
Physics Contest: The Bombs Bursting in Air
by Arthur Eisenkraft and Larry D. Kirkpatrick
In addition to the usual physics problem, the authors pose a more difficult pedagogical/social question: does it matter whether we learn to solve projectile problems using sports and rescue planes or mortar shells and bombs?
Horological Surprises: Confessions of a Clock Lover
by V. M. Babovic
The cosmic consequences of switching hands.
Toy Store: Chess Puzzles and Real Chess
by Yevgeny Gik
You may think that chess puzzles have no relation to the actual game. But the author begs to differ.
How Do You Figure?: Challenges in Physics and Math
Brainteasers: Just for the Fun of It!
Reports on the 1996 math and physics olympiads.
Scientific crossword puzzle.
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