Title:Imagining Numbers (Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen)

Author:Mazur, Barry

Price:GBP£6.00 (about USD$7.60)

Category:Mathematics

ISBN:9780713996302

Book ID:B009-MAT00002

Quantity:1

Publisher:Allen Lane, London, 2003

Edition:First Edition

Binding:Blue Cloth

Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket:Near Fine

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 7¾" - 9¾" 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.