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Tesla multiplication map
« on: November 29, 2016, 01:49:24 AM »

The "Map to Multiplication"  The chart  works as follows. Place the numbers 1 to 144 on a spiral, such that 1 is in the "1 o'clock" position, 2 is at "2 o'clock", and so on, as follows:
Around the edge of the spiral the author has indicated the patterns which form by successively multiplying various numbers.
For example, the multiples of 2 form a hexagon shape as we go around the spiral:
 Tesla Map to Multiplication 2 This image gives a clearer view of the hexagon resulting from successive multiples of 2:
 Multiples of 2 Multiples of 3 give us diamonds:
 Tesla Map to Multiplication- 3 Here is that diamond on a clock face:
 Multiples of 3 Multiples of 5 (when we go all the way out to 144) give us a more complex star shape:
 Tesla Map to Multiplication - 5 The prime 11 spirals out from the center:
 Tesla Map to Multiplication - 11 But it wasn't by Tesla! I was initially fooled by the chart. It certainly looks like something Tesla may have produced, and the paper it's printed on (or appears to be printed on) is suitably  yellowed.
In reality, math teacher Joey Grether originally developed the chart for his children. He tried to promote it via 12xspiral but with little success.
So he cheekily decided to create a hoax, making it look like the chart was by Nikola Tesla. See: Hoaxing the 12x spiral and Tesla.
There's an article about Joey (by Maria Droujkova) here: Exploring the spiral multiplication table, where you can see the original Grether's Spiral diagram.