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A Picture Says It All—Visual Proofs

Lecture no. 19 from the course: Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument

A Picture Says It All—Visual Proofs

Taught by Professor Bruce H. Edwards | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses

Before he became the 20th U. S. president, James A. Garfield published an original proof of the Pythagorean theorem that relied on a visual argument. See how pictures play an important role in understanding why a particular mathematical statement may be true. But is a visual proof really a proof?