Imagining Numbers, by Barry Mazur. Brian Anderson. Follow this and additional works at: This Book Review. REVIEW OF BARRY MAZUR’S IMAGINING NUMBERS. (PARTICULARLY THE SQUARE ROOT OF MINUS FIFTEEN) AND. GISBERT W ¬®USTHOLZ’S A. NOTICES OF THE AMS. Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen). Barry Mazur. Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

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This book is half of the things i think about and everything i never thought to think about put into a book.

This was imaginijg surprising disappointment. Nov 11, Coco rated it it was amazing Shelves: It took more than two hundred years for mathematicians to discover a satisfactory way of “imagining” these numbers.

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Ambiguity is certainly an important component on the way to mathematical discovery, but eventually it must be relinquished. Man is the Measure.

Imagining Numbers particularly the square root of minus fifteen by Barry Mazur.

We talked about it in class when starting our Imaginary Numbers unit. Mathematics in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art. More poetry than mathematics, or illuminating the poetry in mathematics.


A two-dimensional map evolved, which depicted imaginary numbers as points in this new continent of numbers. Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. With discussions about how we comprehend ideas both in poetry and in mathematics, Mazur reviews some of the writings of the earliest explorers of these elusive figures, such as Rafael Bombelli, an engineer who spent most of his life draining the swamps of Tuscany and who in his spare moments composed his great treatise “L’Algebra”.

February 1, Imprint: The Best Writing on Mathematics It often talks about the difference in certain things we think about and about imagination. Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Trivia About Imagining Numbers. Time and Free Will.

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Mar 11, severyn rated it it was ok. Kavi Duvvoori rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Lists with This Book. The peak of the moment was then lost and as a result when we finally made it to that point it was an anti-climax. The sort of cross-pollination between disciplines that gets me so thrilled.

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mazug Feb 24, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: Psychologists recognise several stages of emotional development when we are faced with the news of an unexpected change in our lives: Mathematics in Ancient Greece. A Most Elegant Equation. The reader might well feel they are too literally being asked to experience this pain, as Mazur puts us through our mathematical paces.

I distributed some copies of my article but never published it, and I misplaced my own copy. As Ok so the book was billed as an explanation of imagery numbers, which it was.

I am thankful to Keith Conrad who provided me with this scanned copy of them. He didn’t explain them very well but he caught my interest. Eddie Hitler rated it liked it Sep 29, You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: