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Locks, Mahabharata Mathematics: An Exploration of Unexpected Parallels

Locks, Mahabharata Mathematics: An Exploration of Unexpected Parallels

V. Raghunathan

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A delightful exercise in lateral thinking There could be no three more disparate things than locks, mathematics and the Mahabharata. However, as Locks Mahabharata Mathematics shows, this is as entertaining a combination as any. Given here is a treasure trove of stories drawn from all three subjects. What could be more beguiling than a book that mixes Draupadi, a lock with five keys, and the quirky world of polynomials? Or Jarasandha who could be split apart but whose two halves could never be kept separate split locks and symmetries? The Mahabharata is known for its stories. Lesser known are the fascinating combinations of locks which Dr Raghu an avid collector throws light upon, or the esoteric world of pure mathematics that he conveys for a lay audience. Divided into ten chapters, Locks Mahabharata Mathematics has stories ranging from that of Draupadi, to Yudhishthira s gamble, to ...