Paul Salomon

Sangaku1 copySangaku
12 x 12 inches
Inket prints on archival apaper

During the Edo period (1603-1867) Japanese people of all social classes created mathematical tablets called sangaku to be placed as offerings in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. These tablets were meant for contemplative meditation and usually featured theorems or problems from Euclidean geometry. During meditation, the geometric configurations were meant to suggest mathematical truth or perhaps a problem to be solved. They serve as an inspiration to mathematical thinking.

With inspiration in mind, I created a series of sangaku to hang above my chalkboard, as meditative offerings to my students.


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