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That in itself is not a fault; but the execution of it is awkward.
In my view the book could have been better had Mazur included a section or two on his personal view of what "mathematical imagination" consists of.
I cannot think of another book quite like this one, and I am an avid reader of nonfiction.
It's a fascinating book. The concept of imaginary numbers and the fact that they have broad application in real life has always fascinated me and Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Enright
Between poetic passion and mathematical elegance, there must be something commensurable, that Mr. Mazur approached very close to... You know, what is alive in your soul. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mr Mazur writes intelligently and well, but for me the book failed to live up to some of the other reviews and descriptions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Phillip Thompson
I read this book when I was 18, largely because of Barry Mazur's reputation as a mathematician. His attempts to compare complex numbers to poetry obscures the main algebraic and... Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by JL
This book is good but needed some more editing. Incredibly Plato's diagram showing a proof of the Pythagorean theorem is missing entirely from page 9--whoops! Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Walker E. Rowe III
As an engineer, I really wanted to like a book that would claim it could help you visualize an abstract concept like imaginary numbers in a way that gives an intuitive feel to... Read morePublished on July 7, 2007 by J. Schneeg
I enjoyed this book and read it to the end, but it had its frustrations. In particular, assuring the reader they won't need more than limited high school math doesn't take into... Read morePublished on February 1, 2007 by Sophie G
ITs an entertaining book on math, particularly the concepts on imaginary numbers. Very easy reading and a real page-turner. Excellent for mentor reading.Published on January 30, 2007 by Farseem Mohammedy
I cannot think of another book quite like this one, and I am an avid reader of nonfiction. Perhaps the closest is the work of Chet Raymo; but he focuses on astronomy and its poetic... Read morePublished on October 21, 2005 by Wyote