Imagining Numbers, by Barry Mazur. Brian Anderson. Follow this and additional works at: This Book Review. REVIEW OF BARRY MAZUR’S IMAGINING NUMBERS. (PARTICULARLY THE SQUARE ROOT OF MINUS FIFTEEN) AND. GISBERT W ¬®USTHOLZ’S A. NOTICES OF THE AMS. Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen). Barry Mazur. Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The sort of cross-pollination between disciplines that gets me so thrilled. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The spirit of Mazur’s book has much in common with GH Hardy’s classic A Mathematician’s Apology, a work Graham Greene ranked alongside Henry James’s notebooks as the best account of what it is like to be a creative artist.

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Imagining Numbers

bxrry An Introduction to Partial Differential Equations. Mar 21, Elizabeth marked it as to-read Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A Compact History of Infinity. Shows how the art of mathematical imagining is not as mysterious as it seems. Galois’ Theory of Algebraic Equations. The Nature of Infinitesimals. Order it from Amazon. The ancient Greeks had once believed that all numbers could be expressed as fractions.

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Imagining Numbers : (Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen)

What Is Mathematics, Really? How the elusive imaginary number was first imagined, and how to imagine it yourself. History of Analytic Geometry. As we are all taught at school, a negative times a negative is always positive.


The breakthrough finally came when mathematicians in the late 18th century produced a picture of these new numbers. Despite the effort put in by the reader to learn the time signatures and scales of imaginary numbers, they are not put to more use in explaining the wonderful compositions that mathematicians have written since their creation.

This is an interesting mix of poetry, history, algebra and geometry, leading the reader to appreciate the development of the understanding i,agining ithe square root of minus one.

Imagining Numbers by Barry Mazur

What imagination means, its affect on a person, etc. Questions about Number an expository lecture on the ABC conjecture. Other materials at request from Barry Mazur, iagining math.

Return to Book Page. This is the most entertaining book on mathematics you will ever read but a warning, if you’re rusty on your sums like me, there is a lot of flicking backwards and forwards. This book was introduced to me by Ms. An Existential Detective Story. Never finished reading it – nothing of interest for me.

Where was this to be placed on the number line? Description How the elusive imaginary number was first imagined, and how to imagine it yourself Imagining Numbers particularly the square root of minus fifteen is Barry Mazur’s invitation to those who take delight in the imaginative work of reading poetry, but may have no background in math, to make a leap of the imagination in mathematics.

Reminds me of my own initial angst when I first heard that a straight line IS the shortest distance between two points But bsrry can that be? Paper in pdf format: Maur encourages his readers to share the early bafflement of these Renaissance thinkers.


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We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. The store-owners called to ask if she had made a mistake. Mathematics in Ancient Greece. Trivia About Imagining Numbers. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.

I fail to read the book. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Item s unavailable for purchase. With discussions about how we comprehend ideas both in poetry and in mathematics, Mazur reviews some of the writings of the earliest explorers imaginlng these elusive figures, such as Rafael Bombelli, an engineer who spent most of his life draining the swamps of Tuscany and who in his spare moments composed his great treatise “L’Algebra”.

Here are some rough notes Arithmetic in the geometry of symmetric spaces which was the text of a letter I wrote to John Millson in the mid’s: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But without these strange square roots, mathematicians couldn’t make progress.

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