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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Newton’s towering figure discouraged British mathematicians from pursuing the subject with vigor. But there is a problem.
For one thing, this book has differential equations. Books by Eli Maor.
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As the story goes, the Calculus were “discovered” in the 17th simultaneously by Newton in England and Leibniz on the continent.
But even without a full understanding of the formulas, the history described here is pretty fascinating, stoey was mostly new to me. This is a paperback reprint in the New Princeton Science Library of the bestselling original from It is not a really light read, but it is easy enough for anyone who has studied calculus to understand.
The majority of academy in England claimed it was Newton and that Leibniz has stollen his ideas after seeing some of the Newton’s papers. May 05, Stroy Cohen rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 06, Annette rated it liked it Shelves: Book ratings by Goodreads. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The Story of a Number. Storyy historical aspects add a narrative element, and of course the writing is far more pleasant than a textbook too. Aug 19, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stoy background given, and also the original explanations, helped me to understand some of the concepts better, so I am glad that I read it.
This book surprised me a bit by being more of an actual maths book ie.
The present work fills this gap. Maor’s account of the place of e, the base of the natural logarithms, in the history of mathematics provides a peek inside a mathematician’s brain. I definitely recommend this book to anybody interested in history of math and science. Similarly, it was the geometric interpretation of complex numbers as points in the complex plane that finally began to make sense. Skip to main content. Mar 16, Moctar Bebaha rated it it was amazing. The series brings numbrr in cheap paperback and eBook format of classics, written q major scientists and makes them available for a new generation of the broad public.
This is as well extremely erudite and fascinating. Mar 11, Braden Weber rated it really liked it Shelves: An Nummber Definition of the Logarithmic Function 6.
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The area in question is expressed by the logarithmic function with base e, or the natural log. It is of course the original publication and this means that no updates are done, no additional comments or recent references are added.
And it was good to be reminded what actual maths is about in a way that wasn’t too disconcerting. View table of contents.
e: The Story of a Number
Now we investigate the natural log function, or the inverse of the exponential function. Sounds bumber, but one can think of this number as a basis for measuring rate of change in many processes involving so called exponential growth the rate o Eli Maor wrote quite a few books about the history of Mathematics.
Great history book of mathematics which explains also the mathematical concepts themselves. Maor has done a great job giving us some background on ‘e’ and its beginnings in stlry use. The xtory beautifully introduces all the great names of Math and science throughout history to the reader, he beautifully builds the connection between their lives and the work they’ve undetake in the development of mathematics to what we know today. No trivia or quizzes yet.
And that introduced the logarithm function much appreciated by mathematicians, astronomers and engineers of the 17th century.