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Numbers : a very short introduction

Author: Peter M Higgins
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Series: Very short introductions, 260.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Numbers are integral to our everyday lives and feature in everything we do. Here, Peter M. Higgins, the renowned mathematics writer, unravels the world of numbers. Using non-technical language and painting a rich and comprehensive picture of the 'idea' of the number, he explores how the modern number system developed. Explaining the remarkable variety of number types and showing how they behave, he introduces the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter M Higgins
ISBN: 9780199584055 0199584052
OCLC Number: 663438498
Description: xiii, 132 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. How not to think about numbers --
ch. 2. The unending sequence of primes --
ch. 3. Perfect and not so perfect numbers --
ch. 4. Cryptography : the secret life of primes --
ch. 5. Numbers that count --
ch. 6. Below the waterline of the number iceberg --
ch. 7. To infinity and beyond! --
ch. 8. Numbers but not as we know them.
Series Title: Very short introductions, 260.
Responsibility: Peter M. Higgins.

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In this Very Short Introduction Peter M. Higgins presents an overview of the number types featured in modern science and mathematics. Providing a non-technical account, he explores the evolution of  Read more...

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