Imagining Numbers

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

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The book shows how the art of mathematical imagining is not as mysterious as it seems. Drawing on a variety of artistic resources the author reveals how anyone can begin to visualize the enigmatic 'imaginary numbers' that first baffled mathematicians in the 16th century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 222g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141008873
  • 9780141008875
  • 1,514,736

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"A poetic and profound meditation on the mathematical imagination." --"The Christian Science Monitor""[A] quizzing, quizzical little book...The window which Mazur cuts into the world of imaginary numbers is just as exciting, and almost as provocative, as anything in Phillip Pullman." --"The Observer" (London)"Through anecdotes, poetry, and philosophy, Mazur...makes a delightful case for the pleasures of abstract thought."--"New Scientist""This absorbing and in itself most imaginative book lies in the grand tradition of explanations of what mathematical imagination is...and will appeal particularly to lovers of literature."--John Hollander "Barry Mazur's "Imagining Numbers" is quite literally a charming book; it has brought even me, in a dazed state, to the brink of mathematical play." --Richard Wilbur, author of "Mayflies: New Poems and Translations"
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About Barry Mazur

Barry Mazur is a celebrated pure mathematician. He is University Professor at Harvard, Harvard's most distinguished faculty post. His work has been influential in many fields and proved vital for the solution of Fermat Last Theorem. Known for the technique called "Mazur's Swindle".
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