Seeing the Forest in the Tree: Applying VRML to Mathematical Problems in Number Theory

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Hamming claimed Òthe purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.Ó In a variant of that aphorism, we show how the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) can provide powerful insight into the mathematical properties of numbers. The mathematical problem we consider is the relatively recent conjecture colloquially known as the "3x + 1 problem". It refers to… (More)

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