Imagining Numbers, by Barry Mazur. Brian Anderson. Follow this and additional works at: This Book Review. REVIEW OF BARRY MAZUR’S IMAGINING NUMBERS. (PARTICULARLY THE SQUARE ROOT OF MINUS FIFTEEN) AND. GISBERT W ¬®USTHOLZ’S A. NOTICES OF THE AMS. Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen). Barry Mazur. Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

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Imagining Numbers

Mathematics and the Imagination. Feb 24, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: Renaissance mathematicians were still having problems with the square root of This is the most entertaining book on mathematics you will ever read but a warning, if you’re rusty on your sums like me, there is a lot of flicking backwards and forwards.

It often talks about the difference in certain things we think about and about imagination.

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Now as all mathematicians know, mathematics is a form of poetry.

Just a imaagining while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’ve forgotten a lot since studying complex variables 50 years ago, but this book brought a lot of it back. Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats.


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Is God a Mathematician? Description How the elusive imaginary number was first imagined, and how to imagine it yourself Imagining Numbers particularly the square root of minus fifteen is Barry Mazur’s invitation to those who take delight in the imaginative work of reading poetry, but may have no background in math, to make a leap of the imagination in mathematics.

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Mazur encourages his readers to share the early bafflement of these Renaissance thinkers. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Book ratings by Goodreads. This was a surprising disappointment. Mar 15, PMP rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 08, Ami Iida rated it did not like it Shelves: Harvard professor Barry Mazur takes us into the minds of those mathematicians as they battled with this painful labour of creative delivery.

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I would have enjoyed the book more had it been a pamphlet. Imagining Numbers charts the mental journey that the collective mathematical psyche experienced as it came to terms with the shocking idea that a negative number might imaginig a square root.


Woolf, Borges, Shakespeare, Kafka and Keats are all enlisted to illustrate the similarities between the mysterious process of mathematical invention and poetic composition. Humbers encourages his readers to share the early bafflement of these Renaissance thinkers.

Kavi Duvvoori rated it it was amazing Mar 03, I have been asked for some imqgining Analyse p-Adique that I wrote I’m not sure what date regarding classical p-adic L-functions and the Berrnoulli distribution. Security Relations between China and the European Union. One Hundred Prisoners and a Light Bulb.

Books by Barry Mazur. Then he shows us, step by step, how to begin imagining, ourselves, imaginary numbers.

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Man is the Measure. Apr 28, Ginnz rated it did not like it. An irritating and badly rel]alised attempt to compare poetic and scientific imagination, with particular reference to conceptualising ‘i’ and its relatives.