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"...the great feature of the book is that anyone can read it without excessive head scratching...You'll find plenty here to keep you occupied, amused, and informed. Buy, dip in, wallow." -IAN STEWART, NEW SCIENTIST
"...a delightful look at numbers and their roles in everything from language to flowers to the imagination." -SCIENCE NEWS
"...a fun and fascinating tour of numerical topics and concepts. It will have readers contemplating ideas they might never have thought were understandable or even possible." -WISCONSIN BOOKWATCH
"This popularization of number theory looks like another classic." -LIBRARY JOURNAL
Authors explore patterns that emerge in arithmetic, algebra, & geometry, describe the relevance inside & outside math.
"This is a really fascinating book either to read or to browse in, or for reference - there is a good index, and I can strongly recommend it - it should be in every school and college library!" The Mathematical Gazette
"… A delightful look at numbers and their roles in everything from language to flowers to the imagination." Science News
"… The great feature of the book is that anyone can read it without excessive head scratching … You'll find plenty here to keep you occupied, amused, and informed. Buy, dip in, wallow." New Scientist
1. The Romance of Numbers
2. Figures from Figures Doing Arithmetic and Algebra by Geometry
3. What Comes Next?
4. Famous Families of Numbers
5. The Primacy of Primes
6. Further Fruitfulness of Fractions
7. Geometric Problems and Algebraic Numbers
8. Imagining Imaginary Numbers
9. Some Transcendental Numbers
10. Infinite and Infinitesimal Numbers
Posted March 29, 2000
This book is full of clear guideposts leading into fantastic worlds . . . the chapters on surreal numbers are the BEST!!! It changed the way I thought about the study of mathematics (especially completeness) forever. When I was done, I felt a sense of structure and resolution that no novel can even compare to. I'd probably give it 6 stars if I could.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.