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The Meaning of Relativity Albert Einstein.

The spreading of Leibniz’s ideas throughout Europe was mainly due to the Bernoulli family. The figures are also very helpful.

e: The Story of a Number

For one thing, this book has differential equations. Those who find math and science interesting will certainly appreciate this book. Want nymber Read saving….

It oscillated too quickly between “history” and “refresher of AP calculus” and lacked any real unifying themes. Louis”–its significance, only second to PI in importance, as a number is greatly and clearly expressed by Maor. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious number e.

So this reprint in this series of classics is most appropriate. I encountered most of the math in this book in college as I pursued my engineering degree, so I was able to follow along pretty easily. Eli Maor wrote quite a few books about the history of Mathematics. There are no nunber topics on this book yet.

Worth a read if you want to skip the actual maths for the historical and big picture stuff, and even more useful if you don’t mind ploughing through the maths for a deeper understanding. I found this basically unreadable. It is very relevant nowadays while almost everything what matters grows exponentially including information, population, pollution etc.


Jul 17, Vernon rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It’s actually pretty good. Designed for a reader with only a modest mathematical background, this biography brings out the central importance of e to mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.

But also talks about fascinating historical characters and anecdotes.

“e”: The Story of a Number – Eli Maor – Google Books

The Story of a Number certainly lives up to its title! So, to the book. This brings us to e: Then we learn how the enigmatic number e was already slyly peeking out at us, way back in the day, in the realm of compound interest.

Aug 06, Annette rated it liked it Shelves: This is a paperback reprint in the New Princeton Science Library of the bestselling original from The historical aspects add a narrative element, and of course the writing is far more pleasant than a textbook too. Bach and Johann Bernoulli. Numbers – in particular special numbers like e – have been imbued nnumber mystical connections to larger or hidden things.

Primates and Philosophers Franz De Waal.

e: the Story of a Number

This was severely rejected by the Leibniz’s defenders on the continent. Maor did not do a good job at staying remotely on-topic.

And that introduced the logarithm function much appreciated by mathematicians, astronomers and engineers of the 17th century. Oct 21, Dan rated it did not like it Shelves: Reading this book had me wondering about the mystical properties of numbers, whether there was some elemental truth I could discover. It seems to me that this material ought by rights to have been presented in the beginning of the goddamn book! Maor hangs his story on a string of people stretching from Archimedes to David Hilbert.


I was also left with the faint impression that there were reasons why some of the amazing facts about e, the exponential function and the logarithmic function were true, but that the book didn’t quite manage to elucidate them – just demonstrating them as amazing peculiarities. And the Greek approximated the circle by an n -gon with n indefinitely increasing, which lead to this other magic number we know as p.

Preview — e by Eli Maor. The Mathematician’s Mind Jacques Hadamard. May 05, Dan Cohen rated it liked it Shelves: The interest earned on a bank account, numbed arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the maorr of the Gateway Arch in St. It felt very rambly. Geared to the reader with only a modest background in mathematics, the book describes the story of e from a human as well as a mathematical perspective. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

The book begins with an introduction to logarithms, highlighting the relationship between the arithmetic and geometric progressions contained therein. More than other of recent books focused on a particular number, Maor explores the mathematics of e with a mathematician’s interest. I always find the typical discussions of e or of that limit to be circular, so it’s nice to have a from-scratch defense of the number!