The story of the compass is shrouded in mystery but has its roots in ancient China around 2,000 years ago...A puzzling lodestone whose powers affected metal was know to the Chinese Emperor. Affected metal, suspended in water, always pointed north and was put to excellent use in the art of feng shui. However, it was the seafarers of the Amalfi Coast who first realised its full potential some twelve centuries later. It may have taken 1,200 years for the 'compass' to migrate to Medieval Italy, but it didn't take long for those mariners to kick-start the Age of Discovery. The compass made it all possible, and this is its fascinating story.
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Praise for "Fermat's Last Theorem"This is a captivating volume. Equally important is the sense of awe that Mr. Aczel imparts for the hidden, mystical harmonies of numbers, and for that sense of awe alone, his slender volume is well worth the effort."-"The New York Times" While avoiding technical details, Aczel maps the strange, beautiful byways of modern mathematical thought in ways the layperson can grasp."-"Publishers Weekly" For more than three centuries, "Fermat's Last Theorem" was the most famous unsolved problem in mathematics; here's the story of how it was solved."-"Kirkus Reviews"
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