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Numbers: A Very Short Introduction

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Numbers are integral to our everyday lives and factor into almost everything we do. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter M. Higgins, a renowned popular-science writer, unravels the world of numbers, demonstrating its richness and providing an overview of all the number types that feature in modern science and mathematics. Indeed, Higgins paints a crystal-clear picture of ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 24th 2010)
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Sajjad thaier
كتاب بسيط وقصير ومحشو بكثيرمن المعلومات . أعتقد أنه يناسب المتخصصين في الرياضيات ومن لهم بعض الاطلاع او هواة هذا العلم الجميل . اظطررت لقرأته أكثر من مرة لكي افهم نصفه تقريبا . وهذا كافي لي الى الأن . وارجو أن اعود له في يوم من الايام .
Albert Yakoub
من خلال هذا الكتاب فهمت نظريتي فيثاغورس واقليدس
الاسمان اللذان طالما اشعروني بالبلاهة في مرحلة الدراسة الاعدادية.
اما عن متتالية فيبوناتشي فكان دان براون اكثر براعة عندما قام بشرحها في روايته الرائعة ابدًا شفرة دافنشي.
Moses Hetfield
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was, as its name suggests, very short, and it did have a lot of interesting content. While the writing was far better than some mathematical writing I've seen, it was still often dry and confusing. I had to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what Peter Higgins was talking about, although once I understood it I usually thought it was really cool.
For a more accessible introduction to number theory, I would recommend The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure , which is geared more
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David Mytton
Whilst this seems like a good book if you know complex maths already, it is not particularly helpful as an introduction. Of course, there is a separate Very Short Introduction to Mathematics title so perhaps that is a prerequisite, but this book assumes deep knowledge of maths with which numbers are explained.

My biggest problem is the lack of clear examples for the concepts being explained - it jumps right into proofs with minimal explanation of how to do the workings. It very quickly gets into
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Bob
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting at the outset, but I was completely lost in the final chapter. Not sure who the target audience is. People who know mathematics well know this info already. Others won’t be able to keep up I think.
Ahmed Ezzeldien
كتاب مفيد ومسلي نوعاً ما .. نظراً لأنه تطرق للعديد من الأشياء المعقدة عن الأعداد قد لا يستوعبها غير المتخصصين أو الدارسين .. ولكني استفدت بمعلومات عديدة منه بجانب أسلوبه الفكاهي والمبسط في مواضع عدة...
Natasha (Diarist) Holme
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
So much more about numbers than you would ever wish to know.
Bob
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent volume on the subject of numbers. In a clear fashion, this book takes numbers all the way from the naturals (1, 2, 3 , ...) through infinity. Then explains, quite effectively, the basics of Cantor's levels of infinity.

The treatment of transcendental numbers was of special interest to me, and I appreciated the author's observation that transcendental's are "the dark matter of the universe of numbers." How true, and what a neat way to look at them!
Michael Cayley
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maths
For the most part, a very good introduction to number theory, accessible to anyone who can do basic arithmetic and is prepared to concentrate a little in places. The last two chapters, on infinite sets and complex numbers/matrices, are much harder to follow, though, because the explanations are too compressed.
Jose
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Very interesting but it must be the hardest book to read in the 'Very Short Introduction' series! Near impossible to read without a college level math background!
Mills College Library
512.7 H6367 2011
Ahmed Omer
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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