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"I like this book very much. So much, in fact, that I found myself muttering 'neat stuff!' all the way through. While it is about an important topic, there isn't a single competitor. This amazing oversight by past authors is presumably the result of the topic requiring an author with a pretty sophisticated mathematical personality. Havil clearly has that. His skillful weaving of mathematics and history makes the book a 'fun' read. Many instructors will surely find the book attractive."--Paul J. Nahin, author of Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers and An Imaginary Tale
"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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 11 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 17 months ago 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 24 months ago by Jordan Bell
How is our universe create constants? Are the geometric constants, and other constants inter-related? Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by J. Yi
This book is a fascinating survey of a variety of mathematical topics all related in one way or other to the gamma constant, a number approximately equal to 0. Read morePublished on October 25, 2010 by arpard fazakas
There is no shortage of good material in this book. The problem is Havil's writing style is very unfriendly it's as if he thinks you already know the material. Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by Alexander Smith
Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (Princeton Science Library)
I find many popular math books not very satisfying because they either don't provide advanced enough math subject... Read more
I have always found Euler's constant interesting because I would like to be able to say that it is one of the 3 great transcendental numbers along with pi and e. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Scott Tillinghast