The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can’t Count on

Author: Julian Havil


SKU: 9780691163536 Category: Tag: Product ID: 990221


The first popular history of irrational numbers and their discoverers, 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.

ISBN: 9780691163536
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Pub Date: 09/2014
Format: Paperback
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 9.54h x 6.05w x 0.82d

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Weight 1.00 lbs
Dimensions 9.54 × 6.05 × 0.82 in