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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That was in this is a reprint of the first paperback edition ofbut of course there were several more found since then. Many of the players who took part in this story are here brought to life.

The first 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. But its close relative, the number e, has fared less well: This is a paperback reprint in the New Princeton Science Library of the bestselling original from I was hoping this would be more like The Golden Ratio: I enjoyed the writing and the connections between mathematical topics.

Refresh and try again. It seems to me that this material ought by rights to have been presented in the beginning of the goddamn book! Books by Eli Maor. Geared to the reader with only a modest background in mathematics, the book describes the story of e from a human as well as a mathematical perspective.

That perfectly fits my love for orderly sequences of numbers. The Story of a Number. It is not a really light read, but it is easy enough for anyone who has studied calculus to understand.

So I’m giving it 4 stars, not because it was everything I wanted, but because math is awesome. This speech gave me the chance to talk about the origins of e and where we can find evidence of it in our lives.

I will only be giving it a cursory glance though. I checked it out and really quite enjoyed reading it. Jul 05, Jeffrey rated it really liked it. 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.

That was the merit of several mathematicians among which Gauss. 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.

Louis”–its significance, only second to PI in importance, as a number is greatly and clearly expressed by Maor. Interpretation of the Parameter [phi] in the Hyperbolic FunctionsApp. Unlike pi, which has been known for thousands of years, and which was foundational to geometry, eil of Mathematics’ oldest branches, nuumber 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.

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The book takes you through an amazing journey of time in which you will be ell and humbled by the efforts which mathematician have put in to develop mathematics as it is today. The stubbornly stuck to Newton’s dot notation, failing to see the advantages of Leibniz’s differential notation.

But the proper machinery to compute this integral as an anti-derivative was only provided by Newton and Leibniz. The book is not very technical at all. It felt sli rambly. 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.

### e: the Story of a Number by Eli Maor

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Thanks for telling us about the problem. What happens if n tends to infinity? 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.

In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. But all that aside, I can’t stay angry for long. I read about half this book and then put it down.

The area in question is expressed by the logarithmic function with base e, or the natural log. Recommended only for those folks with a very strong love for the calculus and related topics.

Rucker, but also J. The Story of a Number certainly lives up to its title! 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.

Life, Logarithms, and Legacy Princeton University Press, and there were of course also several books that had chapters on the logarithm or the exponential, which emerged in a period where mathematics experienced a boost in Europe.