Imagining Numbers (Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen)

Mazur, Barry

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Barry Mazur invites lovers of poetry to make a leap into mathematics. Through discussions of the role of the imagination and imagery in both poetry and mathematics, Mazur reviews the writings of the early mathematical explorers and reveals the early bafflement of these Renaissance thinkers faced with imaginary numbers. Then he shows us, step-by-step, how to begin imagining these strange mathematical objects ourselves.

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Barry Mazur does his mathematics at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachussetts, with the writer Grace Dane Mazur.

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Title: Imagining Numbers (Particularly the Square ...
Publisher: Penguin Allen Lane
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Boards
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First British Edition

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Book Description Allen Lane, London, 2003. Blue Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. gilt titles spine; "What happens when we imagine something? When we read a phrase of poetry - 'the yellow of the tulip', for instance - an image, it would seem, immediately forms in the mind's eye. In contrast, trying to imagine a new mathematical concept (for example, a seemingly baffling number such as the square root of a negative quantity can be a much more complicated and mysterious process. Contrasting our understanding of ideas in poetry and in mathematics, Mazur looks at some of the earliest Renaissance explorers of these enigmatic numbers, such as Rafael Bombelli, and encourages us to share their bafflement and wonder. Then he shows us, step by step, how to begin imagining imaginary numbers for ourselves ."; an unmarked copy in a price-intact D/J.; including notes, bibliography & index - 270 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Mathematics; Imaginary Numbers; Mathematics. ISBN: 0713996307. ISBN/EAN: 9780713996302. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: MAT00002. Seller Inventory # MAT00002

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