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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I will only be giving it a curs Enjoyable skim through the basics of logarithms, conic sections, calculus, and various other areas of mathematics relating to e.

Apr 12, Ari rated it did not like it Shelves: Seriously, I have no idea why he jammed this shit into the conclusion. The book begins with an introduction to logarithms, highlighting the relationship between the arithmetic and geometric progressions contained therein.

e: The Story of a Number

A slightly more rigorous proof is fortunately included in the appendices, which, among other things, also offer a gorgeous proof of the irrationality of e. The Journey of Man Spencer Wells.

As the story goes, the Calculus were “discovered” in the 17th simultaneously by Newton in England and Leibniz on the continent.

But books like this tend to have a fatal flaw, either dumbing down the math so much that it becomes basically just biography and handwaving, or having so much math that you need an advanced math degree to understand it. This is as well extremely erudite and fascinating. Visit our Beautiful Books thhe and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The Mathematician’s Mind Jacques Hadamard. Nella sua bella collana a nmuber prezzo che recupera varie opere di storia della matematica, la Princeton University Press ha recuperato questo testo dedicato per l’appunto a e.

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

Return to Book Page. Interpretation of the Parameter [phi] in the Hyperbolic FunctionsApp. This book makes a valiant effort to redress that shortcoming, by explaining the history of logarithms and calculus and how the last years of mathematics developed, empowered largely by this mysterious number which, before the numbdr of computers and calculators, was critical in doing any kind of serious arithmetic.

We soon discover, through differential calculus, that e is pretty badass.


An Imaginary Tale Paul J. Bach and Johann Bernoulli. The maths in the book is followable to anyone with A-level standard, although some of the subjects eg. Maor has written an excellent book that should be in every public and school library. They are wonderful in combining interesting historical insights with the maths per se, but on the level of a mumber program.

e: the Story of a Number

Others may struggle to understand parts of it, but still should find some of the history of pf. Neither should be true because a it’s a book about I would’ve liked this book much more if it actually fulfilled its claims. Maor does not go into the nitty gritty of all the proofs he mentions and gives some very useful examples.

Aug 19, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again. Of course there are many precursors before one arrived at calculus. Among them are John Napier, the eccentric religious activist who invented logarithms and – unknowingly – came within a hair’s breadth of discovering e; William Oughtred, the inventor of the slide rule, who lived a frugal and unhealthful life and died at the age of 86, reportedly of joy when hearing of stkry restoration of King Charles II to the throne of England; Newton and his bitter priority dispute with Leibniz over the invention of the calculus, a conflict that impeded British mathematics for more than a century; and Jacob Bernoulli, who asked that a logarithmic spiral be engraved on his tombstone – but a linear spiral was engraved instead!

The series includes not only math books but covers a broader area, although there are several mathematics classics in the catalog written by J. May 05, Dan Cohen rated it liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in.

e: the Story of a Number by Eli Maor

It also has a much more recent history, not appearing on the scene until the 16th century. I recently gave a speech in my Toastmasters club titled “The Power of e. 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 the Weber-Fechner law.

The background given, and also the original explanations, helped me to understand some of the concepts better, so I am glad that I read it. But any story in the field of math be it zero, ‘e,’ Phi, PI tells us more about that mystical, insightful language that can tell us so much about the why’s and what’s of our surroundings, as well as provide the more practical to suit our human needs.


Maor’s treatise on the history of the Naperian base is an simple, interesting read beginning with a short biography of Napier himself. It is fascinating to see how the solutions we take for granted were discovered and how the various developments build upon each other. I concetti vengono spiegati in maniera molto chiara, oserei dire meglio che quanto viene fatto a scuola da noi.

And by presenting mathematics in terms of the humans who produced it, he places the subject where it belongs–squarely in the centre of the humanities. The book did not really explore the more interesting real-life applications of e.

View table of contents. While the history itself was not terribly new to syory, 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.

Perhaps the hyperbolic functions were explained that way to me when I learned about them at school, but the exposition here was definitely illuminating. My favorite parts of this book were the historical anecdotes such as nunber competitive Bernoullis and the Nerwton-Leibniz cross-Channel calculus feud. 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.

That was in this is a reprint of the first paperback edition ofbut of course there were several more found since then. Aug 06, Annette rated it liked it Shelves: If it discourages them from picking up this book, that would be unfortunate, because the author does a pretty good job of explaining the history of the math that involves the use of e and its importance mao solving a number of difficult problems.

Nearly rated 4 stars but I’m a f of a meanie. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.