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Japanese 'sangaku' paintings reveal the sacred side of maths
by Alex Bellos
The Guardian Translate This Article
16 October 2012
On 16 October 2012 The Guardian reported:
Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, the Japanese used to hang up pictures of maths theorems at their shrines. Called 'sangaku', the pictures were both religious offerings and public announcements of the latest discoveries. The purpose of a sangaku was threefold: to show off mathematical accomplishment, to thank Buddha, and to pray for more mathematical knowledge.
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