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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Books by Eli Maor. The present work fills this gap. No trivia or quizzes yet. The story of [pi] has been told many times, both in scholarly works and in popular books.

w Well written and a fun read. Jul 13, Bill Ward rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Although from the title of the book it seems that the book only concerns exponentials and logarithms, the fact is the author takes you from the first attempts of humans to understand numbers and their nature, to the discovery of irrational numbers and, later on, to transcendental numbers, the creation of imaginary numbers and the struggle to “make peace” with them.

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I would’ve liked this book much more if it actually fulfilled its claims. But metaphysics creeps in as it seems to in discursive accounts of mathematical developments and achievements.

Book Description The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. The Meaning of Relativity Albert Einstein. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Neither maof be true because a it’s a book about e and b it’s supposed to be for people of modest mathematical backgrounds.

This is a paperback reprint in the New Princeton Science Library of the bestselling original from The result, as we know is e rbut it took a very long time to come to this result. While the history itself was not terribly new to me, my attention and delight was found in Maor’s very nimber sidebars demonstrating applications, including the logarithmic spiral in art and Maor’s treatise on the history of the W base is an simple, interesting read beginning with or short biography of Napier himself.

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. So far, no number e is involved, but its roots involve another “power story” about compound interest.


Among my favorite books. But even without a full understanding of the formulas, the history described here is pretty fascinating, and was mostly new to me. This one strikes a very careful balance between those extremes. Eye and Brain Richard L.

e: The Story of a Number

Preview — e by Eli Maor. While you hear the names when they teach the math, it is rare that you are told the stories of the people who lent their names to the various formulas and concepts.

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 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.

Nella sua bella collana a basso prezzo che recupera varie opere di storia della matematica, la Princeton University Press ha recuperato questo testo dedicato per l’appunto a e. Of course there are many precursors before one arrived at calculus. Two Properties of the Logarithmic SpiralApp. Negative numbers were known to Hindus, but were neglected by Europeans. Of course the latter directly relates to complex numbers too. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Dec 12, Brandon Meredith rated it it was ok Shelves: A 4,Year History all Princeton.

I checked it out and really quite enjoyed reading it. Here are some pros and cons I believe are worth mentioning: Math is interesting in the sense that it dictates to the mathematician not elli mathematician to it to determine outcome. And that introduced the logarithm function much appreciated by mathematicians, astronomers and engineers of the 17th century. Unfortunately, this math history text is much heavier on the math than the stoyr, including detailed descriptions of limits, s, integ Like its more famous cousin pi, e is an irrational number that shows up in unexpected places all over mathematics.

In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie 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.

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The stubbornly stuck to Newton’s dot notation, failing to see the advantages of Leibniz’s differential notation. Then a few rather run-of-the-mill physical applications of the function are perfunctorily trotted out.


It was as challenging as any math book I’ve ever read, and the tangents — either I’m too stupid to understand how the tangents tie into e, or they actually don’t dtory into e. Feb 25, Tim rated it really liked it.

e: the Story of a Number

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 do 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. It needs binomial powers, the concept of infinity and of a limit. 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!

I was also left with the faint impression that there were reasons why some of the amazing facts about e, the exponential function and the logarithmic function were true, but that the book didn’t quite manage to elucidate them – just demonstrating them as amazing peculiarities. He discusses some of the special characteristics of e revealed in the fact that the exponential function is its own derivative.

This book with the shortest possible title: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I liked the attempts to get under the skin of some of the maths and examine, for example, the ways in which e is analogous to pi.