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Math Trek

Algebraic Hearts

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11:42am, February 6, 2002

One of the marvels of mathematics is the way in which an austere equation can unexpectedly blossom into an appealing geometric shape when represented graphically.

I can still recall experiencing such a sense of wonder when, decades ago, I first learned about polar coordinates in a high-school trigonometry class. In those days, there were no graphing calc

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