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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He thoroughly covers the differing views of Newton and Leibniz as they devel Maor’s account of the place of e, the base of the natural logarithms, in elu history of mathematics provides a peek inside a mathematician’s brain.

Unlike pi, which has been known for thousands of years, and which was foundational to geometry, one of Mathematics’ oldest branches, e has been around for a shorter period of time about yearsand deals with a bunch of things like irrationality, infinity and stuff that ancient mathematicians never liked to think much about. Jul 23, Mugizi Rwebangira rated it really liked it. The figures are also very helpful. As said by others – picked this up wanting to understand a complex mathematical topic, got this and also an awesome historical overview of the development of the calculus and more over hundreds of years.

And even though ‘e’s use can be found in diverse places–“the interest earned in a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. Well written and a fun read. And it was good to be reminded what actual maths is about in a way that wasn’t too disconcerting. 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: Paperbackpages.

e: The Story of a Number

Oct 21, Dan rated it did not like it Shelves: Aug 19, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: In short, as much as I normally enjoy books about math and science, this particular one felt too much like a textbook. The idea of multiplying numbers by adding the exponents when they are represented by powers was proposed by John Napier I found this basically unreadable. Similarly, it was the geometric interpretation of complex numbers as points in the complex plane that finally began to make sense.


Feb 25, Tim rated elii really liked it. Also, I had some issues with mao organization of the book.

e: the Story of a Number by Eli Maor

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. Numbers – in particular special numbers like e – have been imbued with mystical connections to larger or hidden things. 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.

Next we examine e as it relates to hyperbolic trig functions, and then we get to some good stuff: 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.

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The constant e is just as important if not more so, but never managed to break its way into popular culture because w a little hard to understand just what makes it so special. The appendix alone is nearly worth the price of the book. The historical aspects add a narrative element, and of course the writing is far more pleasant than a textbook too. The Journey of Man Spencer Wells.

Aug 17, Aleksandra Taranov rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving….

Perhaps the hyperbolic functions were explained that way to me when I learned about them at school, but the exposition here was definitely illuminating.


I liked the attempts to get under the skin of some of the maths and examine, for example, the ways in which e is analogous to pi. This book surprised me a bit by being more of an actual maths book ie. This came only after calculus was introduced by Newton and Leibniz, Jacob Bernoulli linked compound interest and the exponential, and it became only fully explored by Euler, the master of them all.

A scale constructed from these ratios consists of three basic intervals: I will only be giving it a curs Enjoyable skim through the basics of logarithms, conic sections, calculus, jaor various other areas of mathematics relating to e. The stofy earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St.

Eli Maor wrote quite a few books about the history of Mathematics. Book ratings by Goodreads. King, Nature “Maor has succeeded in writing a short, readable mathematical story. The book begins with an introduction to logarithms, highlighting the relationship between the arithmetic and geometric progressions contained therein. The author beautifully introduces all the great names of Math and science throughout history to the reader, he beautifully builds the connection between their lives and the work they’ve undetake in the development of mathematics to what we know today.

Others may struggle to understand parts of it, but still should find some of the history of interest. Open Preview See a Problem?

Next we have a fairly decent discussion of limits and infinity.

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He discusses some of the special characteristics of e revealed in the fact that the exponential function is its own derivative. Eye and Brain Richard L.