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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It is not a really light read, but it is easy enough for anyone who has studied calculus to understand. With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Then a few rather run-of-the-mill physical applications of the function are perfunctorily trotted out.

e: The Story of a Number

As the story goes, the Calculus were “discovered” in the 17th simultaneously by Newton in England and Maro on the continent. The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. I concetti vengono spiegati in maniera molto chiara, oserei dire meglio che quanto teh fatto a scuola da noi. This speech gave me the chance to talk about the origins of e and where we can find evidence of it in our lives.

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Paperbackpages. While the history itself was not terribly new to me, my attention and delight was found in Maor’s very instructive sidebars demonstrating applications, including the logarithmic spiral in art and Maor’s treatise on the history of the Naperian base is an simple, interesting read beginning with a short biography of Napier himself.

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e: the Story of a Number by Eli Maor

Open Preview See a Problem? It has been many years since I have done much with calculus so much of the material had to get dredged up from my secondary storage location in etory brain.

To ask other readers questions about eplease sign up. Jacob was particularly fond of the logarithmic spiral spira mirabilis and he had it carved on his tomb. But even without a full ee of the formulas, the history described here is pretty fascinating, and was mostly new to me. So, to the book. Mar 11, Braden Weber rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 09, Andy rated it it was ok. The Hanging Chaine[superscript ix]: This polygon approximation allowed to approximate the circumference but also the area of the circle, and similar techniques applied to other conic sections.

e: the Story of a Number

It is of course directly connected to the logarithm and the exponential function and to many other topics in mathematics too. I read about half this book and then put it down. Etory is a paperback edition in the New Princeton Science Library of a classic.

Unfortunately, this math history text is much heavier on the math than the history, including detailed descriptions of limits, derivatives, integrals, and imaginary numbers. After the speech, one of the club members told me about this book. It’s written for the non-mathematician, no great depth of understanding needed to get the points here.

The book is not very technical at all. 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. What happens if n tends to infinity? Once the exponential and logarithmic functions are known, they show up in all kinds of applications like solutions of differential equations, music scales, spirals, catenary and other curves, hyperbolic functions, and of course the most magic formula showing a family picture of the most famous actors of our number system: More than mair of recent books focused on a particular number, Maor explores the mathematics of e with a mathematician’s interest.


Many of the players who took part in this story are here brought to life. Having said that, it stayed mainly on the right side of the line for me and I could skate over it without much impact in those places srory the maths got a bit more technical than I wanted to bother with.

A 4,Year History all Princeton. Similarly, nuber was the geometric interpretation of complex numbers as points in the complex plane that finally began to make sense. Maor has done a great job giving us some background on ‘e’ and its beginnings in logarithmic use. Apparently, it was huge unresolved argument who hold the priority over this discovery. Looking for beautiful books? Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.