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E: The Story of a Number (Paperback)

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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 number "e." 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 mathematical background, this biography brings out the central importance of "e" to mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.

About the Author


Eli Maor is the author of Beautiful Geometry (with Eugen Jost), Venus in Transit, Trigonometric Delights, To Infinity and Beyond, and The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History (all Princeton).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691141343
ISBN-10: 0691141347
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: February 8th, 2009
Pages: 227
Language: English
Series: Princeton Science Library (Paperback)