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 book makes a valiant effort to redress that shortcoming, by explaining the history of logarithms and calculus and how the last years of mathematics developed, empowered largely by this mysterious number which, before the invention of computers and calculators, was critical in doing any kind of serious arithmetic. The nimber 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. Primates and Philosophers Franz De Waal.
Of course there are many precursors before one arrived at calculus. Nearly rated 4 stars but I’m a bit of a meanie.
Jul 17, Vernon rated it really liked it Recommends it for: 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.
The present work fills this gap. Dispatched from eil UK in 2 business days When will my order maaor Stay ahead with nuber world’s most comprehensive technology and business learning platform. John Napier, 2. Infinity and the Mind Rudy Rucker. Worth a read if you want to skip the actual maths for the historical and big picture stuff, and even more useful if you don’t mind ploughing through the maths for a deeper understanding.
I can see the confusion… This bizarre interlude aside, Maor has a difficult time keeping to the project he outlines in his introduction. It is fascinating to see how the solutions we take for granted were discovered and how the various developments build upon each other. That was in this is a reprint of the first paperback edition ofbut of course there were several more found since then.
Geared to the reader with only a modest background in mathematics, atory book describes the story of e from a human as well as a mathematical perspective.
e: the Story of a Number
I was hoping this would be more like The Golden Ratio: 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. Next we examine e as it relates to hyperbolic trig functions, and then we get to some good stuff: Seriously, I have no idea why he jammed this shit into the conclusion.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Subject to edit on completion The book ends with an account of the discovery of transcendental numbers, an event that paved the way for Cantor’s revolutionary ideas about infinity. And there appears the number e like magic. This book talks about the lives of mathematicians and their discoveries, and how those built on each other to produce the knowledge we now have about the amazing world of numbers.
The acceptance of negative and complex numbers is another interesting story that Maor takes the opportunity to tell. I read about half this book and then put it down. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The maths in the book is followable to anyone with A-level s This book surprised me a bit by being more of an actual maths book ie.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It’s actually pretty good.
In the end, Maor’s story of e is an account of human activity in a world of patterns. Recognition Computing with Logarithms 3. Preview — e by Eli Maor. Worse, by siding completely with Newton in the priority dispute, they cut themselves off shory developments on the Continent. Maor has done a great job giving us some background on ‘e’ and its beginnings in logarithmic use. So, to the book.
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Another topic that could not have been missed is in the trailing chapter about the transcendence of e proved by Hermite in Two Properties of the Logarithmic SpiralApp. The appendix alone is nearly worth the price of the book. But the proper machinery to compute this integral as an anti-derivative was only provided by Newton and Leibniz.
The Journey of Man Spencer Wells. But its close relative, the number e, has fared less well: The spreading of Leibniz’s ideas throughout Europe was mainly due to the Bernoulli family. The historical aspects add a narrative element, and of course the writing is far more pleasant than a textbook too.
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.
Trigonometric Delights Eli Maor. 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 yhe, e is an irrational number that shows up in unexpected places all over mathematics. This one strikes a very careful balance between those extremes. It seems to me that this material ought by rights to have been presented in the beginning mwor the goddamn book!