Negative math : how mathematical rules can be positively bent : an easy introduction to the study of developing algebraic rules to describe relations among things (Book, 2006) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
Negative math : how mathematical rules can be positively bent : an easy introduction to the study of developing algebraic rules to describe relations among things Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Negative math : how mathematical rules can be positively bent : an easy introduction to the study of developing algebraic rules to describe relations among things

Author: Alberto A Martínez
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Explores controversies in the history of numbers, especially the so-called negative and ''impossible'' numbers. This book uses history, puzzles, and lively debates to demonstrate how it is possible to devise new artificial systems of mathematical rules. It contends that departures from traditional rules can even be the basis for new applications.
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy online

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History (form)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alberto A Martínez
ISBN: 0691123098 9780691123097
OCLC Number: 63197732
Description: x, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The problem --
History : much ado about less than nothing --
History : meaningful and meaningless expressions --
History : making radically new mathematics --
Math is rather flexible --
Making a meaningful math.
Responsibility: Alberto A. Martínez.

Abstract:

Shows us how many mathematical concepts were once considered contrived, imaginary, absurd, or plain wrong. This book explores controversies in the history of numbers, especially the negative and  Read more...

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

"Alberto A. Martinez ... shows that the concept of negative numbers has perplexed not just young students but also quite a few notable mathematicians... The rule that minus times minus makes plus is Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.