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The irrationals

Author: Julian Havil
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Havil
ISBN: 9780691143422 0691143420 9780691143422 0691143420
OCLC Number: 780333804
Description: ix, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Greek beginnings --
The route to Germany --
Two new irrationals --
Irrationals, old and new --
A very special irrational --
From the rational to the transcendental --
Transcendentals --
Continued fractions revisited --
The question and problem of randomness --
One question, three answers --
Does irrationality matter? --
Appendix A: The spiral of Theodorus --
Appendix B: Rational parameterizations of the circle --
Appendix C: Two properties of continued fractions --
Appendix D: Finding the tomb of Roger Apéry --
Appendix E: Equivalence relations --
Appendix F: The mean value theorem.
Responsibility: Julian Havil.


The ancient Greeks discovered them, but it wasn't until the nineteenth century that irrational numbers were properly understood and rigorously defined, and even today not all their mysteries have  Read more...
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"The insides of this book are as clever and compelling as the subtitle on the cover. Havil, a retired former master at Winchester College in England, where he taught math for decades, takes readers Read more...

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