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Eli Maor

Author of e: The Story of a Number

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About the Author

Eli Maor is a teacher of the history of mathematics who has successfully popularized his subject with the general public through a series of informative and entertaining books. In "E: The Story of a Number," Maor uses anecdotes, excursions and essays to illustrate that number's importance to show more mathematics. "Trigonometric Delights" brings trigonometry to life by blending history, biography, scientific curiosities and mathematics to achieve the goal of showing how trigonometry has contributed to both science and social development. "To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite" explores the idea of infinity in mathematics and art through the use of the illustrations of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher. Eli Maor's readable books have made the world of numbers accessible even to those with little or no background in mathematics. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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This is one of the books that had many interesting sections, not enough to read the whole of it, but still worthwhile to have dipped into here and there. It may be worth another try some day.
mykl-s | 12 other reviews | Aug 9, 2023 |
Maor's treatise on the history of the Naperian base is an simple, interesting read beginning with a short biography of Napier himself. As is customary with any history of science or math of that time, Maor provides the reader with an obligatory look into the infamous conflict between Newton and Leibniz. 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.

While I don't think that one has to be fully conversant in calculus to enjoy this book, some awareness of math may be necessary to fully grasp everything that Maor offers. For myself, I found it to be perfect light reading for those occasions when the mind needs diversion without fluff.
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BrentN | 12 other reviews | Jan 7, 2023 |
I started this book many years ago, and got about half way in, and realized that I was struggling to understand the math concepts. This led me to reviewing my college algebra, something that I still have on my project list - a long term project list as it turns out. I am culling this from my current reading list for now.
quinton.baran | 12 other reviews | Mar 29, 2021 |
Esta obra nos cuenta las distintas visiones y tratos que ha tenido por nuestra parte el concepto del infinito a lo largo de la historia. Cantor, Gödel, Escher, Bach... son muchos los autores tratados y muchos los datos y detalles: Teoría de grupos, sucesiones, series... La bibliografía es de las que da ganas de leer más. Muy buena, igual que el libro.
Remocpi | 2 other reviews | Apr 22, 2020 |



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