The Irrationals

The Irrationals A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On - Princeton Science Library

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Publisher's Synopsis

An entertaining and enlightening history of irrational numbers, from ancient Greece to the twenty-first century

The ancient Greeks discovered them, but it wasn't until the nineteenth century that irrational numbers were properly understood and rigorously defined, and even today not all their mysteries have been revealed. In The Irrationals, the first popular and comprehensive book on the subject, Julian Havil tells the story of irrational numbers and the mathematicians who have tackled their challenges, from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Along the way, he explains why irrational numbers are surprisingly difficult to define-and why so many questions still surround them. Fascinating and illuminating, this is a book for everyone who loves math and the history behind it.

Book information

ISBN: 9780691247663
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 512.73
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 308g
Height: 139mm
Width: 217mm
Spine width: 24mm