Imagining Numbers: (particularly the square root of minus fifteen)How the elusive imaginary number was first imagined, and how to imagine it yourself |
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Uporabnikova ocena - waltzmn - LibraryThingI never thought I'd see a book about imaginary numbers that i didn't like. If you know your mathematics, you'll see that that is a carefully constructed sentence. When I say i, I am not referring to ... Celotno mnenje
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Uporabnikova ocena - rcorfield - LibraryThingThis is an interesting little book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It sets out to help the user understand and, more importantly, visualise, imaginary numbers (i.e. the square-root of -1). The author ... Celotno mnenje
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What is a square root? | |
NOTES | |
The problem of describing how we imagine | |
Permission | |
Forced conventions or definitions? | |
What kind of law is the distributive law? | |
ECONOMY OF EXPRESSION 23 Charting the plane | |
Back to Bombellis puzzle | |
Interviewing Bombelli | |
PUTTING GEOMETRY INTO NUMBERS 45 Many hands | |
Imagining the dynamics of multiplication by | |
Writing and singing | |
The power of notation | |
A plane of numbers | |
Thinking silently out loud | |
The geometry of qualities | |
The spareness of the inventory of the imagination | |
JUSTIFYING LAWS 26 Laws and why we believe them | |
Defining the operation of multiplication | |
The distributive law and its momentum | |
Virtuous circles versus vicious circles | |
So why does minus times minus equal plus? | |
PART II | |
BOMBELLIS PUZZLE 31 The argument between Cardano and Tartaglia | |
Bombellis LAlgebra | |
I have found another kind of cubic radical which is very different from the others | |
Numbers as algorithms | |
The name of the unknown | |
Species and numbers | |
STRETCHING THE IMAGE 37 The elasticity of the number line | |
To imagine versus to picture | |
The inventors of writing | |
Arithmetic in the realm of imaginary numbers | |
The absence of time in mathematics | |
Questioning answers | |
The complex plane of numbers | |
Telling a straight story | |
SEEING THE GEOMETRY IN THE NUMBERS 53 Critical moments in the story of discovery | |
What are we doing when we identify one thing with another? | |
Song and story | |
Multiplying in the complex plane The geometry | |
behind multiplication by by 1 + and by 1 +2 | |
What is a number? | |
So how can we visualize multiplication in the complex plane? | |
PART III | |
THE LITERATURE OF DISCOVERY OF GEOMETRY IN NUMBERS 60 These equations are of the same form as the equations for cosines though ... | |
A few remarks on the literature of discovery and the literature of | |
UNDERSTANDING ALGEBRA VIA GEOMETRY 62 Twins | |
Dal Ferros expression as algorithm | |
Form and content | |
But | |
THE QUADRATIC FORMULA | |
BIBLIOGRAPHY | |
PERMISSIONS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS | |
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Imagining Numbers: (Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen) Barry Mazur Omejen predogled - 2004 |
Imagining Numbers: (particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen) Barry Mazur Omejen predogled - 2003 |
Imagining Numbers: (particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen) Barry Mazur Omejen predogled - 2004 |