Imagining Numbers, by Barry Mazur. Brian Anderson. Follow this and additional works at: This Book Review. REVIEW OF BARRY MAZUR’S IMAGINING NUMBERS. (PARTICULARLY THE SQUARE ROOT OF MINUS FIFTEEN) AND. GISBERT W ¬®USTHOLZ’S A. NOTICES OF THE AMS. Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen). Barry Mazur. Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

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Galois’ Theory of Algebraic Equations. Imagining Numbers particularly the square root of minus fifteen by Barry Mazur. I would have enjoyed the book more had it been a pamphlet.

The Best Writing on Mathematics Return to Book Page. It took more than two hundred years for mathematicians to discover a satisfactory way of “imagining” these numbers. This book reveals how anyone can begin to visualize the enigmatic ‘imaginary numbers’ that first baffled mathematicians in the 16th century.

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Imagining Numbers : (Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen)

This is an interesting mix of poetry, history, algebra and geometry, leading the reader to appreciate the development of the understanding of ithe square root of minus one. One Hundred Prisoners and a Light Bulb.


An irritating and badly rel]alised attempt to compare poetic and scientific imagination, with particular reference to conceptualising ‘i’ and its relatives. Just when I felt we were getting to a good bit, we’d step back and then look at something else.

Feb 24, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: Justin rated it liked it Oct 29, Order it from Rbookshop. Imaginary numbers entered into mathematics in sixteenth-century Italy and were used with immediate success, but nevertheless presented an intriguing challenge to the imagination.

As seen in Nature. Time and Free Will. A few weeks ago Minh-Tri Do asked me for my article, and when I said I had none, he very kindly went on the web and magically found a scanned copy [PDF] of it. Shows how bsrry art of mathematical imagining is not as mysterious as it seems. The issue I had with the book was it was a rather slow progress through the history and the author tried to compare the mathematics with poetry.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book was introduced to me by Ms. The Nature of Infinitesimals. Engikous rated it mazu was amazing Nov 01, Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes: More poetry than mathematics, or illuminating the poetry in mathematics.


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Nonetheless, an interesting stroll down the mathematical shops of memory lane, with a smidgen of poetry to boot. Books by Barry Mazur. If listed the facts it tells, you would think it had the most random information, but it flows quite well.

Apr 16, David Howell rated it it was ok. Notes on conformal field theory with Beilinson and Feigin. Never finished reading it – nothing of interest for bary.