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e: The Story of a Number (1994)

af Eli Maor

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The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious number e. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. Designed for a reader with only a modest mathematical background, this biography brings out the central importance of e to mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.… (mere)
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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 | 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. ( )
  BrentN | Jan 7, 2023 |
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  revirier | Dec 13, 2021 |
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 | Mar 29, 2021 |
Too. Much. Calculus. I was hoping this would be more like [b:The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number|24081|The Golden Ratio The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number|Mario Livio|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1428317462s/24081.jpg|1787138], but it wasn't. For one thing, this book has differential equations. A lot of them. As a STEM major, I did study calculus at the university level (but not Dif Eq), but this was still hard going. What really helped get me through the book were the historical anecdotes, and the parts of the book I was able to follow well were also well-done. ( )
  Jennifer708 | Mar 21, 2020 |
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The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious number e. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. Designed for a reader with only a modest mathematical background, this biography brings out the central importance of e to mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.

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