Abstract / Synopsis
We present some aspects of the genesis of a geometric construction, which can be carried out with compass and straightedge, from the original idea to the published version (Fernández González 2016). The Midpoint Path Construction makes it possible to multiply the length of a line segment by a rational number between 0 and 1 by constructing only midpoints and a straight line. In the form of an interview, we explore the context and narrative behind the discovery, with first-hand insights by its author. Finally, we discuss some general aspects of this case study in the context of philosophy of mathematical practice.
Juan Fernández González & Dirk Schlimm, "From a Doodle to a Theorem: A Case Study in Mathematical Discovery," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 13 Issue 1 (January 2023), pages 4-35. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.RUJI8696. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol13/iss1/3