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 polygon approximation allowed to approximate the circumference but also the area of the circle, and similar techniques applied to other conic sections. For one thing, this book has differential equations.

e: the Story of a Number

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In England, where it originated, the calculus fared less well. I always find interesting the story of Hippasusoc Pythagorean who is famous for getting drowned by other Pythagoreans for his threat to expose irrationality. For many of those people, the math in this book might be a bit intimidating.

The Mathematician’s Mind Jacques Hadamard. OK, so books on math, not going mar become national best sellers by any stretch of the imagination.

Here are some pros and cons I believe are worth mentioning: Apr 12, Ari rated it did not like it Shelves: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Feb 25, Tim rated it really liked it. Worse, by siding completely with Newton in the priority dispute, they cut themselves off from developments on the Continent.


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. How to Solve It Georg Polya. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

The Meaning of Relativity Albert Einstein. Designed for a reader with only a modest background in mathematics, this biography of e brings out that number’s central importance in mathematics ghe illuminates a golden era in the age of science. This would be better advertised as a history of calculus, as more time was devoted to that than to e. Another numbber that could not have been missed is in the trailing chapter about the transcendence of e proved by Hermite in Aug 06, Annette rated it liked it Shelves: I always find the typical discussions of e or of that limit to be circular, so it’s nice to have a from-scratch defense of the number!

Numbers – in particular special numbers like e – have been imbued with mystical connections to larger or hidden things. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Every major scale consists of the same sequence of intervals. Unlike pi, which has been known for thousands of years, and which was foundational to geometry, one of Mathematics’ oldest branches, e has been around for a shorter period of time about yearsand deals with a bunch of things like irrationality, infinity and stuff that ancient mathematicians never liked to think much about.

e: The Story of a Number

Stay ahead with the world’s most comprehensive technology and business learning platform. The stubbornly stuck to Newton’s dot notation, failing to see the advantages of Leibniz’s differential notation. Designed for a reader with only a modest mathematical background, this biography brings out the central importance of e to mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.


The background given, and also the original explanations, helped stoty to understand some of the concepts better, so I am glad that I read it. Jul 13, Bill Ward rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Reading this book had me wondering about the mystical properties of numbers, whether there was some elemental truth I could discover. The Story of a Number 1 review.

I concetti vengono spiegati in maniera molto chiara, oserei dire meglio che quanto viene fatto a scuola da noi. Maor did not do a good job at staying remotely on-topic.

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It felt very rambly. 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 shory 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!

Since the original publication inJ.