Number: The Language of Science : A Critical Survey Written for the Cultured NonMathematician 
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User Review  David  GoodreadsExcellent insights into how some of the greatest mathematicians understand irrational and imaginary numbers. Imaginary numbers, in particular, are very strange to me, and it was reassuring and illuminating to learn more about how the understanding of numbers evolved. Read full review
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User Review  Steve Gathje  GoodreadsWho could have thought a history of numbers could be so interesting. Okay, I could have thought that. And it was very interesting! Read full review
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