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Imagining Numbers: Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen

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Barry Mazur invites lovers of poetry to make a leap into mathematics. Through discussions of the role of the imagination and imagery in both poetry and mathematics, Mazur reviews the writings of the early mathematical explorers and reveals the early bafflement of these Renaissance thinkers faced with imaginary numbers. Then he shows us, step-by-step, how to begin imagining these strange mathematical objects ourselves.

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"A poetic and profound meditation on the mathematical imagination." The Christian Science Monitor

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"[A] quizzing, quizzical little book...The window which Mazur cuts into the world of imaginary numbers is just as exciting, and almost as provocative, as anything in Phillip Pullman." The Observer

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"Through anecdotes, poetry, and philosophy, Mazur...makes a delightful case for the pleasures of abstract thought." New Scientist

Review:

"This absorbing and in itself most imaginative book lies in the grand tradition of explanations of what mathematical imagination is...and will appeal particularly to lovers of literature." John Hollander

Review:

"Barry Mazur's Imagining Numbers is quite literally a charming book; it has brought even me, in a dazed state, to the brink of mathematical play." Richard Wilbur, author of Mayflies: New Poems and Translations

About the Author

Barry Mazur does his mathematics at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachussetts, with the writer Grace Dane Mazur.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312421878
Author:
Mazur, Barry
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.648 in

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Product details 288 pages Picador USA - English 9780312421878 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A poetic and profound meditation on the mathematical imagination."
"Review" by , "[A] quizzing, quizzical little book...The window which Mazur cuts into the world of imaginary numbers is just as exciting, and almost as provocative, as anything in Phillip Pullman."
"Review" by , "Through anecdotes, poetry, and philosophy, Mazur...makes a delightful case for the pleasures of abstract thought."
"Review" by , "This absorbing and in itself most imaginative book lies in the grand tradition of explanations of what mathematical imagination is...and will appeal particularly to lovers of literature."
"Review" by , "Barry Mazur's Imagining Numbers is quite literally a charming book; it has brought even me, in a dazed state, to the brink of mathematical play."
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