The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count on (Princeton Science Library #135) (Paperback)

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By Julian Havil, Andrew Granville (Foreword by)
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This is book number 135 in the Princeton Science Library series.


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.

About the Author

Julian Havil is the author of Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant, Nonplussed!: Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas, Impossible?: Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums, and John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy (all Princeton). He is a retired former master at Winchester College, England, where he taught mathematics for more than three decades.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780691247663
ISBN-10: 0691247668
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Princeton Science Library

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