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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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!

The book is perfect to arouse interest in mathematics in your children, and to make them realize that more than its regular textbook form, mathematics is fun, inspiring and beautiful. I found this basically unreadable. Maor did not do a good job at staying remotely on-topic.

How to Solve It Georg Polya. But also talks about fascinating historical characters and anecdotes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It was only when Bombelli used a number line to represent numbers that a meaning could be given to negative numbers.

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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. Four Colors Suffice Robin Wilson. Designed for a stoy 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. 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.


A 4,Year History all Princeton. Maor has done a great job giving us some background on ‘e’ and its beginnings in mor use.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The series brings reprints in cheap paperback and eBook format of classics, written by major scientists and makes them available for a new generation of the broad public. While mor 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. Preview — e by Eli Maor. This brings us to e: There are Zeno’s paradoxes that relate to the concept of infinity.

Worth a read if you want to skip the actual maths for the historical and big picture mar, and even more useful if you don’t mind ploughing through the maths for a deeper z. Nearly rated 4 stars but I’m a bit of a meanie. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is of course the original publication and this means that no updates are done, no additional comments or recent references are added. I concetti vengono spiegati in maniera molto chiara, oserei dire meglio che quanto viene fatto a scuola da noi.

Refresh and try again. And that introduced the logarithm function much appreciated by mathematicians, astronomers and engineers of the 17th century.


More connected by mathematical ideas than by chronology or the usual social, cultural, economic, or political themes taken up by historians, Maor’s book opened vistas in the calculus I did not see when I first ploddingly confronted derivatives and integrals some decades ago. Squaring the Hyperbola 8.

e: the Story of a Number

And even though ‘e’s use can be found in diverse places–“the interest earned in a bank account, the arrangement of seeds teh a sunflower, and the maot of the Gateway Arch in St. The Story of a Number 1 review. Designed for a reader with only a modest background in mathematics, this biography of e brings out that number’s central importance in mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.

Ell speech gave me the chance to talk about the origins of e and where we can find evidence of it in our lives. Return to Book Page. 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. They are wonderful in combining interesting historical stoey with the maths per se, but on the level of a school program.

Now we investigate the natural log function, or the inverse of the exponential function. For myself, I found it to be perfect light reading for those occasions when the mind needs diversion without fluff.

I can see the confusion… This bizarre interlude aside, Maor has a difficult time keeping to the project he outlines in his introduction.