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Named Person: | Leonhard Euler; Leonhard Euler |
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Document Type: | Book |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Julian Havil; Freeman J Dyson |

ISBN: | 0691178100 9780691178103 9781400832538 1400832535 |

OCLC Number: | 1023588491 |

Description: | xxiii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm |

Contents: | The logarithmic cradle -- The harmonic series -- Sub-harmonic series -- Zeta functions -- Gamma's birthplace -- The Gamma function -- Euler's wonderful identity -- A promise fulfilled -- What is gamma... exactly ? -- Gamma as a decimal -- Gamma as a fraction -- Where is Gamma ? -- It's a harmonic world -- It's a logarithmic world -- Problems with primes -- The Riemann initiative. |

Series Title: | Princeton science library. |

Responsibility: | Julian Havil ; with a foreword by Freeman Dyson. |

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"[A] wonderful book... Havil's emphasis on historical context and his conversational style make this a pleasure to read... Gamma is a gold mine of irresistible mathematical nuggets. Anyone with a serious interest in maths will find it richly rewarding."--Ben Longstaff, New Scientist "This book is a joy from start to finish."--Gerry Leversha, Mathematical Gazette "Wonderful... Havil's emphasis on historical context and his conversational style make this a pleasure to read...Gammais a gold mine of irresistible mathematical nuggets. Anyone with a serious interest in math will find it richly rewarding."--New Scientist"A joy from start to finish."--Mathematical Gazette"[Gamma] is not a book about mathematics, but a book of mathematics... [It] is something like a picaresque novel; the hero, Euler's constantg, serves as the unifying motif through a wide range of mathematical adventures."--Notices of the American Mathematical Society "[Gamma] is enjoyable for many reasons. Here are just two. First, the explanations are not only complete, but they have the right amount of generality... Second, the pleasure Havil has in contemplating this material is infectious."--MAA Online "It is only fitting that someone should write a book about gamma, or Euler's constant. Havil takes on this task and does an excellent job."--Choice "Mathematics is presented throughout as something connected to reality... Many readers will find in [Gamma] exactly what they have been missing."--Mohammad Akbar, Plus Magazine, Millennium Mathematics Project, University of Cambridge "This book is written in an informal, engaging, and often amusing style. The author takes pains to make the mathematics clear. He writes about the mathematical geniuses of the past with reverence and awe. It is especially nice that the mathematical topics are discussed within a historical context."--Ward R. Stewart, Mathematics Teacher Read more...

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