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Imagining numbers : (particularly the square root of minus fifteen)

Author: Barry Mazur
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A tour of the creative side of mathematics describes the first use of imaginary numbers in sixteenth-century Italy and the subsequent two-hundred-year effort to perfect the process, citing the words of key Renaissance thinkers.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Mazur
ISBN: 0374174695 9780374174699 0312421877 9780312421878
OCLC Number: 49959463
Description: xvi, 270 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: The imagination and square roots --
Square roots and the imagination --
Looking at numbers --
Permission and laws --
Economy of expression --
Justifying laws --
Bombelli's puzzle --
Stretching the image --
Putting geometry into numbers --
Seeing the geometry in the numbers --
The literature of discovery of geometry in numbers --
Understanding algebra via geometry.
Responsibility: Barry Mazur.
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A tour of the creative side of mathematics describes the first use of imaginary numbers in sixteenth-century Italy and the subsequent two-hundred-year effort to perfect the process, citing the words of key Renaissance thinkers.

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