Buy e: The Story of a Number (Princeton Science Library) on ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders. e has ratings and 87 reviews. Tara said: e: The Story of a Number certainly lives up to its title!The book begins with an introduction to logarit. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number.

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This brings us to e: We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. And that introduced the logarithm function much appreciated by mathematicians, astronomers and engineers of the 17th century. The book ends with an account of the discovery of elii numbers, an event that paved the way for Cantor’s revolutionary ideas about infinity.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is of course directly connected to the logarithm and the exponential function and to many other topics in mathematics too. The first two are nearly identical, and each is called a whole tone, or a second… But the same ratios should hold regardless of which note we start from. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

But books like this tend to have a fatal flaw, either dumbing down the math so much that maorr becomes basically just biography and handwaving, or having so much math that you need an advanced math degree to understand it.

e: the Story of a Number

In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie Among them are John Napier, the eccentric religious activist who invented logarithms and – unknowingly – came within a hair’s breadth of discovering e; William Oughtred, the inventor of the slide rule, who lived a frugal and unhealthful life and died at the age of 86, reportedly of joy when hearing of the restoration of King Charles II to the throne of England; Newton and his bitter priority dispute with Leibniz over the invention of the calculus, a conflict that impeded British mathematics for more than a century; and Jacob Bernoulli, who asked that a logarithmic spiral be engraved on his tombstone – but a linear spiral was engraved instead!

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Reading this book had me wondering about the mystical properties of numbers, whether there was some elemental truth I could discover. Euler was a legend. Although a lot of stuff in the book was over my head and I steadily refused the urge to read the Appendices, I still think this book is a good work of mathematical history.

Math is interesting in the sense that it dictates to the mathematician not the mathematician to it to determine outcome. Rucker, but also J. It is very relevant nowadays while almost everything what matters grows exponentially including information, population, pollution etc. There were definitely parts where I had to stretch my brain back 20 years to high school and college calculus classes, but each of the formulas was pretty well explained, and I’d like to think you could come away from this book with some understanding even if you’d never taken any advanced math.

This is a paperback edition in the New Princeton Science Library of a classic. Description The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St.

e: The Story of a Number

Some anecdotes and diversions to bring home points made. I concetti vengono spiegati in maniera molto chiara, oserei dire meglio che quanto viene fatto a scuola da noi. As a result, over the next hundred years, while mathematics flourished in Europe as never before, England did not produce a single first-rate mathematician.

It felt very rambly. Unfortunately, this math history text is much heavier on the math than the history, including detailed descriptions of limits, derivatives, integ Like its more famous cousin pi, e is an irrational number that shows up in unexpected places all over mathematics. Bach and Johann Bernoulli. Mar 16, Moctar Bebaha rated it it was amazing.

Worse, by siding completely with Newton in the priority dispute, they cut themselves off from developments on the Continent. The Journey of Man Spencer Wells.


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The book takes you through an amazing journey of time in which you will be fascinated and humbled by the efforts which mathematician have put in to develop mathematics as it is today.

Want to Read saving…. The logarithmic spiral, or “spira mirabilis,” plotted in polar coordinates, is really quite pretty check out that equiangular property in action! Eli Maor wrote quite a few books about the history of Storyy.

This is as well extremely erudite and fascinating. Enjoyable skim through the basics of logarithms, conic sections, calculus, and various other areas of mathematics relating to e.

So I’m giving it 4 stars, not because it was everything I wanted, but because math is awesome. So, to the book. Maor’s treatise on the history of the Naperian base is an simple, interesting read beginning with a short biography of Napier himself.

Mathematics had developed well with only positive numbers basically only rationals. So if you missed out on some of the original editions, or were not even born at that time, this is a chance to get one of these more mwor reprints. Those who find math and science interesting will certainly appreciate this book. Another topic that could not have been missed is in the trailing chapter about the transcendence of e proved by Hermite in Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of And it is an excellent companion to a course in calculus.

Neither should be true because a it’s a book about e and b it’s supposed to be for people of modest mathematical backgrounds. Subject to o on completion Calculus was required to explain and understand it, which brought the Bernoullis, Leibnitz, Newton, Euler and a lot of other scientific geniuses to tackle it.

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