Imagining Numbers: Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen

Imagining Numbers: Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen

by Barry Mazur (Author)

Synopsis

This is a book about the imagination in general and about the mathematical imagination in particular. Barry Mazur considers the range of our imaginative experiences. When we read a line of poetry - "The yellow of the tulip" - what is it we experience in the mind's eye? And when we imagine a number, in particular an impossible number such as the square root of a negative quantity, what imaginative object might this bring to mind?

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Allen Lane
Published: 27 Mar 2003

ISBN 10: 0713996307
ISBN 13: 9780713996302

Author Bio
Barry Mazur is a celebrated pure mathematician. He is University Professor at Harvard, Harvard's most distinguished faculty post. His work has been influential in many fields and proved vital for the solution of Fermat Last Theorem. Known for the technique called Mazur's Swindle .