It is being reported recently (example) that the Turkish government has banned a geometry textbook because the letters $FG$, which are the initials of an alleged plotter of the 2016 coup d'etat attempt, appear as a line in a diagram.

What is the problem or diagram that was suppressed? What is the textbook?


closed as off-topic by Henning Makholm, Pedro Tamaroff Oct 20 '16 at 21:45

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  • $\begingroup$ Not a mathematical question. Please move to the appropriate rubric. $\endgroup$ – user8960 Oct 20 '16 at 21:34
  • $\begingroup$ It is within the scope of (popular-math) (reference-request) such as other questions asking about math references from the Simpsons. $\endgroup$ – zyx Oct 20 '16 at 21:36
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    $\begingroup$ Yes. Thanks. Link added to question. @EvanAad $\endgroup$ – zyx Oct 20 '16 at 22:34
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    $\begingroup$ My initial reaction would be to ask this on Skeptics. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Oct 20 '16 at 22:40
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    $\begingroup$ @EvanAad, it leads to the article after some delay. I converted it to an archive.org link. $\endgroup$ – zyx Oct 20 '16 at 22:56

I guess this is what you are looking for: http://turkeypurge.com/turkey-bans-math-textbooks-due-to-questions-including-gulens-initials

  • $\begingroup$ That's it. Thank you. Unless somebody names the textbook or provides the complete problem this will be the accepted answer. $\endgroup$ – zyx Oct 20 '16 at 21:45
  • $\begingroup$ @zyx, I'm afraid you have been fooled. That article is obviously a joke. $\endgroup$ – TonyK Oct 20 '16 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ @zyx: Running the Turkish article through Google Translate, it does not appear that the article states that the textbook under consideration was a geometry textbook. All it says is that it was a mathematics textbook ("Matematik kitabında"), and that the offensive problem started with "From point $F$ to point $G$" ("$F$ noktasından $G$ noktasına doğru"). It might have been an Algebra textbook with a problem along the lines of "A train goes from point $F$ to point $G$ at $100$ mph." $\endgroup$ – Evan Aad Oct 20 '16 at 22:03
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    $\begingroup$ It also translates the same phrase as "for the right point to the G-spot". translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=tr&u=http://… @EvanAad $\endgroup$ – zyx Oct 20 '16 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ Interesting that the points on the line, in order, are FMG, with the M the other initial of the same person. $\endgroup$ – zyx Oct 21 '16 at 4:46

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