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

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Macmillan, 2004 - 288 strani

Barry Mazur invites lovers of poetry to make a leap into mathematics. Through discussions of the role of the imagination and imagery in both poetry and mathematics, Mazur reviews the writings of the early mathematical explorers and reveals the early bafflement of these Renaissance thinkers faced with imaginary numbers. Then he shows us, step-by-step, how to begin imagining these strange mathematical objects ourselves.

 

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Uporabnikova ocena  - rcorfield - LibraryThing

This 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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Uporabnikova ocena  - fpagan - LibraryThing

Literally a case of "mathematics for poets." The gentlest of intros to imaginary and complex numbers. It certainly doesn't explain things like raising one complex number to the power of another. Celotno mnenje

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II
3
III
25
IV
42
V
65
VI
77
VII
91
VIII
107
IX
132
XII
180
XIII
199
XIV
215
XV
231
XVI
235
XVII
257
XVIII
259
XIX
261

XI
157

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O avtorju (2004)

Barry Mazur does his mathematics at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachussetts, with the writer Grace Dane Mazur.

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