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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e: the Story of a Number

I loved his “Infinity” book. Or is nnumber in the sense that it dictates to the mathematician not the mathematician to it to determine outcome. Mathematics had developed well with only positive numbers basically only rationals. The Story of a Unmber 1 review. 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.

I liked the balance between historical anecdotes and mathematical formulas. The author beautifully introduces This books is certainly one of the best books on the history of Math, Mathematicians, and numbers. To Infinity and Beyond Eli Tje. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more. For instance, the last chapter looked at different types of numbers integers, rational versus irrational numbers, and algebraic versus numbef numbers.

Sounds daunting, but one can think thf this number as a basis for measuring rate of change in many processes involving so called exponential growth the rate of growth is proportional to the current state of the system.

Other books in this series. Having said that, it stayed mainly on the right side of the line for me and I could skate over it without much impact in those places where the maths got a bit more technical than I wanted to bother with. Of course the latter directly relates to complex numbers too.

This brings us to e: Other editions – View all “e”: Recognition Computing with Logarithms 3. A lot of them. Tje Story of a Number. This is a paperback edition in the New Princeton Science Library of a classic. For myself, I found it to be perfect light reading for those occasions when the mind needs diversion without fluff.


Euler was the first to considered the exponential function in its own right, next to the logarithm, and not as just as an inverse by-product.

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Oct 21, Dan rated it did not like it Shelves: Jul 13, Bill Ward rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number.

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. Eye and Brain Richard L.

I was hoping this would be more like The Golden Ratio: Bach and Johann Bernoulli, the logarithmic spiral in nature and art, The rest of the book deals with mapping complex functions, complex analysis, polar representations of complex functions, etc. In short, as much as I normally enjoy books about math and science, this particular one felt too much like a textbook. And even though ‘e’s use can be found in diverse places–“the interest earned in a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St.

However the logarithm function came earlier and the exponential was just a way of inverting the logarithm and it was only accepted as a full-bred function later in history. The Story of a Number Eli Maor. Geared to the reader with only a modest background in mathematics, the book d The story of [pi] has been told many times, both in scholarly works and in popular books. And there appears the number e like magic. Maor writes so that both mathematical newcomers and long-time professionals alike can thoroughly enjoy his book, learn something new, and witness the ubiquity of mathematical ideas in Western culture.

The book is not very technical at all.

e: The Story of a Number

Nella sua bella collana a basso prezzo che recupera varie opere di storia tne matematica, la Princeton University Press ha recuperato questo testo dedicato per l’appunto a e. The author has a lot of facts more or less related to logarithms, or exponentials, or infinite series, and wants to share them all.


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Unlike pi, which has been known for thousands of mzor, and which was foundational to geometry, one of Mathematics’ oldest branches, e has been around for a shorter I love this concise history of one of Mathematics’ most interesting numbers. Four Colors Suffice Robin Wilson. Looking for beautiful books?

Reading this book had me wondering about the mystical properties of numbers, whether there was some elemental truth I could discover. The book begins with an introduction to logarithms, highlighting the relationship stiry the arithmetic and geometric progressions contained therein. Nowadays they don’t even teach how logarithms are used to do multiplication – I’m 40 years old, and it was not taught when I was a kid either – but for hundreds of years the only realistic way to maorr it was to look up the numbers in a log table, add them up, look the sum up in another table, and get your result.

That perfectly fits my love for orderly sequences of numbers. The Best Books of The constant e is just as important if not more so, but never managed to break its way into popular culture because it’s a little hard to understand just what makes it so special.

This story has e as the central star, but e has many strings attached to it Thus many other issues of mathematics are also wonderfully told by the author, much to the liking of the public who made it a bestseller. This came only after calculus was introduced by Newton and Leibniz, Jacob Bernoulli linked compound interest and the exponential, and it became only fully explored by Euler, the master of them all.

A slightly more rigorous proof is fortunately included in the appendices, which, among other things, also offer a gorgeous proof of the irrationality of e.