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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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Other materials at request from Barry Mazur, mazur math. Infinity and the Mind. Mathematics in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art. But without these strange square roots, mathematicians couldn’t make progress. The analogies to poetry, however, struck me as just bloviating, and I started to skip those bits. Iamgining tedious and boring. More poetry than mathematics, or illuminating the poetry in mathematics.

Mar 15, PMP rated it really liked it Shelves: What Is Mathematics, Really? Return to Book Page. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. As Mazur concludes, “that would be another book”. The Best Books of It has a grace and form that are beautiful and astounding however Barry rather laboured this point.


Ok so the book was billed as an explanation of imagery numbers, which it was. Please review your cart. Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen.

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mazuf Nilufer rated it it was amazing Aug 13, Once we have this plane, it’s easy to visualize addition and multiplication of complex numbers. Feb 24, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 16, David Howell rated it it was ok.

Charlie rated it did not like it Aug 20, Sep 05, Jillian rated it liked it Shelves: Just when I felt we were getting to imagininv good bit, we’d step back and then look at something else. And this is perhaps one of the frustrations of Mazur’s book. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. This book is half of the things i think about and everything i never thought to think about put into a book.


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The issue I had with the book was it was imagning rather slow progress through the history and the author tried to compare the mathematics with poetry. Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes: History of Analytic Geometry. Nonetheless, an interesting stroll down the mathematical shops of memory lane, with a smidgen of poetry to boot. Mar 11, severyn rated it it was ok.

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An Existential Detective Story. But ultimately what sets mathematics apart from other creative disciplines is the fact that ambiguity is anathema to the mathematician, while it is one of the joys of poetry.