But e remains, the center of the natural logarithmic function and of calculus. Eli Maor's book is the only more or less popular account of the history of this universal constant. Maor gives human faces to fundamental mathematics, as in his fantasia of a meeting between Johann Bernoulli and J.S. Bach. e: The Story of a Number would be an excellent choice for a high school or college student of trigonometry or calculus. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Some of the historical stuff is interesting but in Kindle format, the formatting of the formulae varies between text and images which makes it really tricky to decipher some of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. A. Bruer
Having read this book, I can say that the historical treatment was very interesting, putting flesh and bones to the finished product we all learn something about in Science and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bookologist
Not as good as the book the author is trying to emulate (Pi), but a good read nonetheless. Fascinating history, well written, easy to read, just enough math.Published on Aug. 7 2010 by Gord McKenna