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## Lissajous-Bowditch curves

Try to glue a small mirror to an end of a bent piece of wire fixed to a stable platform and let the laser beam of a laser pointer reflect on it. Entangled spires of an ephemeral dragon of light will … Continue reading

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## The Magic Imaginary Numbers

Complex numbers may appear a difficult subject given the name. However, there is nothing of really complicated about complex numbers. However, they definitively add a pinch of \em magic \em in the mathematics manipulations that you can do with them!

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## Calculus in a Nutshell: functions and derivatives

When I was about thirteen, the library was going to get ‘Calculus for the Practical Man.’ By this time I knew, from reading the encyclopedia, that calculus was an important and interesting subject, and I ought to learn it. … Continue reading

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## The Fourier Series

Pure mathematics is much more than an armory of tools and techniques for the applied mathematician. On the other hand, the pure mathematician has ever been grateful to applied mathematics for stimulus and inspiration. From the vibrations of the violin … Continue reading

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## La Serie di Taylor

La serie di Taylor è un utilissimo strumento matematico. In questo blog, ne darò una breve descrizione dando qualche esempio di applicazione. Chi è il signor Taylor? Brook Taylor (1685 – 1731) era un matematico britannico del XVII secolo che … Continue reading

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## The Taylor Series

The Taylor series is a mathematical tool that, sometimes, it is not easy to immediately grasp by freshman students. In this blog, I will give a short review of it giving some examples of applications. Who is Mr. Taylor? Brook … Continue reading

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## Modeling Natural Shapes: Seashells

O conchiglia marina, figlia della pietra e del mare biancheggiante, tu meravigli la mente dei fanciulli. La conchiglia di Alceo. (Traduzione di Salvatore Quasimodo, da Lirici greci, 1940)

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