Imagining Numbers: (particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen)

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Macmillan, Feb 1, 2004 - Mathematics - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - David Howell - Goodreads

Never finished reading it - nothing of interest for me Read full review

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User Review  - Ginnz - Goodreads

Ok so the book was billed as an explanation of imagery numbers, which it was. A brief history of imaginary numbers from then they were first encountered through to the nineteenth century. The issue I ... Read full review

Contents

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

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