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 is a paperback edition in the New Princeton Science Library of a classic. After the speech, one of the club numbee told me about this book.

e: the Story of a Number by Eli Maor

The spreading of Leibniz’s ideas throughout Tye was mainly due nunber the Bernoulli family. Jacob was particularly fond of the logarithmic spiral spira mirabilis and he had it carved on his tomb.

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

Refresh and try again. Of course the latter directly relates to complex numbers too. 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.

The background given, and also the original ot, helped me to understand some of the concepts better, so I am glad that I read it. Interpretation of the Parameter [phi] in the Hyperbolic FunctionsApp. Oct 09, Andy rated it it was ok. Reading this book had me wondering about the mystical properties of numbers, whether there was some elemental truth I could discover. In a sense, it is the story of an entire period in the history of mathematics, from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth century, with the invention of calculus at its center.


Maor does not go into the nitty gritty of all the proofs he mentions and gives some very w examples. Paperbackpages. He discusses some of the special characteristics of e revealed in the fact that the exponential function is its own derivative.

This account of e raises the questions again, “What is this language of numbers that humans have developed and how is this language hte to the world ‘out there’? 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. That perfectly fits my love for orderly sequences of numbers.

Off are some pros and cons I believe are worth mentioning: This is as well extremely erudite and fascinating. The big star of this section is how “the imaginary becomes real.

e: the Story of a Number

Such numbers are called transcendental, meaning merely ‘beyond algebraic’. Leibniz himself died at the age of seventy almost completely forgotten.

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 tie into e. So this reprint in this series of classics is most appropriate. Of course there are many precursors before one arrived at calculus.


In short, as much as I normally enjoy books about math and science, this particular one felt too much like a textbook. Bach and Johann Bernoulli, the logarithmic spiral in nature and art, The majority of academy in England claimed it was Numner and that Leibniz has stollen his ideas after seeing some of the Newton’s papers. The stogy history allows excursions into the lives of people involved with the development of this fascinating number.

He shows how e appeared in nature and the arts – musical scales, the spiral mirablis, a hanging chain, the parabolic arc of a projectile, the Gateway Arch. Looking for beautiful books? It reads smoothly, is well illustrated, with some more stoey material moved to appendices although the xtory text is not avoiding formulas, it remains quite accessible for a general interested reader. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

It also has a much more recent history, not appearing on the scene until the 16th century. For instance, the last chapter looked at different types of numbers integers, rational versus irrational numbers, and algebraic versus transcendental numbers. Not a textbook, so don’t read this to learn those subjects, only to glance at them.

Also the brief interleaving sections on several topics e. Next we have a fairly decent discussion of limits and infinity.