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The irrationals : a story of the numbers you can't count on

Author: Julian Havil
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2012.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Havil, Julian.
Irrationals.
Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2012
(OCoLC)780333804
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Havil
ISBN: 9781400841707 1400841704
OCLC Number: 785826886
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations
Contents: Greek beginnings --
The route to Germany --
Two new irrationals --
Irrationals, old and new --
A very special irrational --
From rational to the transcendental --
Transcendentals --
Continued fractions revisited --
The question and problem of randomness --
One question, three answers --
Does irrationality matter?
Responsibility: Julian Havil.

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