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# Numbers: A Very Short Introduction

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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
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Paperback, 132 pages

Published
March 22nd 2011
by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published February 24th 2010)

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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 .

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.

For a more accessible introduction to number theory, I would recommend

*The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure*, which is geared mo ...more

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 ...more

*Si fa presto a dire numero*

Avevo già preso il volume "Matematica" della collana Very Short Introduction. A che serve allora un altro volume sui numeri? Beh, come dico sempre la matematica tende a fare a meno dei numeri. In questo libretto si parla invece di numeri veri e propri, di tutti i tipi. A me non hanno detto molto i capitoli iniziali con i numeri figurati e l'approccio usato per definire il concetto di numero; devo però aggiungere che andando avanti nella lettura - non che ci voglia molto ...more

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!

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