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"This is an excellent book, mathematically as well as historically. It represents a significant contribution to the literature on mathematics and its history at the upper undergraduate and graduate levels. Julian Havil injects genuine excitement into the topic."--Eli Maor, author of e: The Story of a Number
The mathematical formulas, dozens of them, cannot me magnified and are therefor practically unreadable even with a 10 times magnifier. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M Chretien
My favorite Math book for light reading -- that isn't a joke. Filled with arcane facts about gamma and related concepts.Published 6 months ago by Bob the Builder
This review is for the Kindle Edition. I commend Julian Havil for putting together a very interesting, informative, and well written book about a very fascinating number. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Billy C. Brock
Very enjoyable read.
Lots of examples in a wide range of areas.
If I wrote a book like this, I'd want it to be just like this! Such a great combination of intriguing mathematics, anecdotes, history... read it! Read morePublished 23 months ago by ESAB83
The material in the book is good, but it is marred by bad proof-reading of the equations which is irritating in a book about quite difficult mathematics. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Brian Anthony Farrelly
I am quite happy with the first chapter, which is on Napier's definition of logarithms. I hadn't seen a presentation of Napier's work before, and since talking about logarithms is... Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Jordan Bell