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 book surprised me a bit by being more of an actual maths book rli. Not a textbook, so don’t read this to learn those subjects, only to glance at them.

e: the Story of a Number

Perhaps the hyperbolic functions were explained that way to me when I learned about them at school, but the exposition here was definitely illuminating. Another topic that could not have been missed is in the trailing chapter about the transcendence of e proved by Hermite in In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number.

Nevertheless, Leibnitz’s system of notation was more intuitive and easier to understand and apply. It is really a history of mathematics and science that spirals around e, which is exactly what the title would infer. I always find interesting the story of Hippasusa Pythagorean who is famous for getting drowned by other Pythagoreans for his threat to expose irrationality.


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This speech gave me the chance to talk about the origins of e and where we can find evidence of it in our lives. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This brings o to e: It is of course directly connected to the logarithm and the exponential function and to many other topics in mathematics too. What really helped get me through the book were the historical anecdotes, and the parts of the book I was able to follow well were also well-done. Euler was a legend. I will only be giving it a cursory glance though.

Now we investigate the natural log function, or the inverse of the exponential function. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious number e. It needs binomial powers, the concept of infinity and of a limit. The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in nubmer sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St.

Recommended only for those folks with a very strong love for the calculus and related topics. He has interspersed a variety of anecdotes, excursions, and essays to lighten the flow The book did not really explore the more interesting real-life applications of e.

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For many of those people, the math in this book might be a bit intimidating. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nubmer is as well extremely erudite and fascinating.

Recognition Computing with Logarithms 3. While the history itself was not terribly new to me, my attention and delight was found in Maor’s very instructive sidebars demonstrating te, including the logarithmic spiral in art and the Weber-Fechner law. Maor has done a great job giving us some background on ‘e’ and its beginnings in logarithmic use.


Two Properties of the Logarithmic Spiral 7. Another recent reprint is for example Nahin’s An imaginary tale: I was hoping this would be more like The Golden Ratio: The idea of multiplying numbers by adding the exponents when they are represented by powers was proposed eil John Napier In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie This book has been very satisfying for me to read so far since I have numver background to understand sotry math fairly easily, but at the same time the topics are unfamiliar to me.

Only later Hamilton gave a formal definition as couples of real numbers with appropriate addition and multiplication, which he later generalized to quaternions.

e: The Story of a Number

It explains underlying maths. To Infinity and Beyond Eli Maor. This was severely rejected by the Leibniz’s defenders on the continent.

The present work fills this gap. The area in question is expressed by the logarithmic function with base e, or the natural log.