Negative math : how mathematical rules can be positively bent : an easy introduction to the study of developing algebraic rules to describe relations among things (eBook, 2006) [WorldCat.org]
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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:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Martínez, Alberto A.
Negative math.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005043377
(OCoLC)63197732
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alberto A Martínez
ISBN: 9780691187822 0691187827
OCLC Number: 1043790973
Description: 1 online resource
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:

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.

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