E: The Story of a Number

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-19
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
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The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious numbere. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. Designed for a reader with only a modest background in mathematics, this biography ofebrings out that number's central importance in mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.

Table of Contents

John Napier, 1614p. 3
Recognitionp. 11
Financial Mattersp. 23
To the Limit, If It Existsp. 28
Forefathers of the Calculusp. 40
Prelude to Breakthroughp. 49
Squaring the Hyperbolap. 58
The Birth of a New Sciencep. 70
The Great Controversyp. 83
e[superscript x]: The Function That Equals its Own Derivativep. 98
e[superscript theta]: Spira Mirabilisp. 114
(e[superscript x] + e[superscript -x])/2: The Hanging Chainp. 140
e[superscript ix]: ""The M
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