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The irrationals

Author: Julian Havil
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Havil
ISBN: 9780691143422 0691143420
OCLC Number: 780333804
Description: ix, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Greek beginnings --
The route to Germany --
Two new irrationals --
Irrationals, old and new --
A very special irrational --
From the rational to the transcendental --
Transcendentals --
Continued fractions revisited --
The question and problem of randomness --
One question, three answers --
Does irrationality matter? --
Appendix A: The spiral of Theodorus --
Appendix B: Rational parameterizations of the circle --
Appendix C: Two properties of continued fractions --
Appendix D: Finding the tomb of Roger Apéry --
Appendix E: Equivalence relations --
Appendix F: The mean value theorem.
Other Titles: The irrationals : a story of the numbers you can't count on
Responsibility: Julian Havil.

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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  Read more...

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