The Book of Numbers

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Springer Science & Business Media, 27 sept. 1996 - 310 pages
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In THE BOOK OF NUMBERS, two famous mathematicians fascinated by beautiful and intriguing number patterns share their insights and discoveries with each other and with readers. John Conway is the showman, master of mathematical games and flamboyant presentations; Richard Guy is the encyclopedist, always on top of problems waiting to be solved. Together they show us why patterns and properties of numbers have captivated mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike for centuries. THE BOOK OF NUMBERS features Conway and Guy's favorite stories about all the kinds of numbers any of us is likely to encounter, and many others besides. "Our aim," the authors write, "is to bring to the inquisitive reader. . .an explanation of the many ways the word 'number' is used." They explore patterns that emerge in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, describe these pattern' relevance both inside and outside mathematics, and introduce the strange worlds of complex, transcendental, and surreal numbers. This unique book brings together facts, pictures and stories about numbers in a way that no one but an extraordinarily talented pair of mathematician/writers could do.
  

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Avis d'utilisateur  - Shayne - Goodreads

Delightful. I guarantee that if you are at all interested in math, you will find at least one chapter interesting. I can't say with any certainty which it will, be though. The writing is fun, and ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - Marius Kempe - Goodreads

Zany and deep, probably everything you might want to look up about numbers is mentioned somewhere here. The authors have a lovely style, often explaining something using a specific calculation which ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

The Romance of Numbers
1
Figures from Figures Doing Arithmetic and Algebra by Geometry
27
What Comes Next?
63
Famous Families of Numbers
91
The Primacy of Primes
127
Further Fruitfulness of Fractions
151
Geometric Problems and Algebraic Numbers
181
Imagining Imaginary Numbers
211
Some Transcendental Numbers
237
Infinite and Infinitesimal Numbers
265
Index
301
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