Imagining Numbers

Imagining Numbers

How the elusive imaginary number was first imagined, and how to imagine it yourself

Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen) is Barry Mazur's invitation to those who take delight in the imaginative work of reading poetry, but may have no background in math, to make a leap of the imagination in mathematics. Imaginary numbers entered into mathematics in sixteenth-century Italy and were used with immediate success, but nevertheless presented… (more)

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 01, 2004)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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