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Goes easy on the math; a good companion to books on pi, i,
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This review is from: e: The Story of a Number (Paperback)
Of the numerical histories you'll find via the links on this page, this is the easiest to read. Beckman's "pi," while more a history of ideas through one idea, contains more difficult math than this book, though not much of it. Nahin's book on i is very heavy on math, though some of it is very simple and a lot of it is repetitive in nature. All three are very good, and well worth reading. I enjoyed all in slightly different ways, but this one was the most, well, fun. The books, by the way, should be read in the order pi,e,i, as that is the order in which they were "discovered" and their use popularized. After reading them all, I am not sure that e is not a more subtle concept than i. See what you think.