The Story of a Number
ISBN10: 0691058547 ISBN13: 9780691058542 Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr Published: May 4 1998 Pages: 227 Weight: 0.80lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious number e. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. Designed for a reader with only a modest mathematical background, this biography brings out the central importance of e to mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.