Editorial Reviews. Review. [A] wonderful book Havil’s emphasis on historical context and In a tantalizing blend of history and mathematics, Julian Havil takes the reader on a journey through logarithms and the harmonic series, the two. Read “Gamma Exploring Euler’s Constant” by Julian Havil with Rakuten Kobo. Among the myriad of constants that appear in mathematics, p, e, and i are the. Among the many constants that appear in mathematics, π, e, and i are the most familiar. Following closely behind is y, or gamma, a constant that arises in many.

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The remaining theoretical sections contain a couple of fairly noteworthy proofs. The harmonic alternative method of fraction approximation is also addressed. B gammma it really liked it May 26, The Gentle Art of Mathematics. Even weirder than that, any consecutive subseries of the harmonic series is ALSO never an integer!

Refresh and try again. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Following closely behind is yor gamma, a constant that arises in many mathematical areas yet maintains a profound sense of mystery. Then it covers the harmonic series, or this guy: Sure to be popular with not only students and instructors but all math aficionados, Gamma takes us through countries, centuries, lives, and works, unfolding along the way the stories of some remarkable mathematics from some remarkable mathematicians.

Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant – Julian Havil – Google Books

But I got enough out of it to have at least an interesting conversation or two on the Bolzano—Weierstrass theorem and Benford’s Law that’s a fun one! Jullan are no discussion topics on this book yet. They got their hands dirty. He received a Ph.


Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant

This little dude comes in handy surprisingly often; my favorite examples relate to music and the Quicksort algorithm. The Story of a Number Eli Maor. THe maths really was a bit complex for a light read, interesting, but not as good as others like it. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

And it is always interesting to end up with my favorite gsmma, the Riemann Hypothesis.

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The discussion of Riemann begins with his weighted prime counting function, and things quickly become complex horribly cheesy pun, I know! Paddy added it Aug 09, Princeton University PressJul 26, – Mathematics – pages. This is quite difficult and brings in some complex analysis which is explained in thirty pages of appendices.

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Gammais a gold mine of irresistible mathematical nuggets. Fourier Series and Orthogonal Functions.

Derek O’Connor rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Jul 16, Michael Davis rated it it was amazing. Infinity and the Mind Rudy Rucker. Judah Cliff Bayawon rated it it was amazing Aug 07, The core of the work introduces the harmonic and sub-harmonic omitting some terms series and zeta functions, before looking at the gamma function generalising the factorialits historical origins, and Euler’s Identity, which links gamma via the zeta functions to the prime numbers. Gregory rated it really liked it Sep 26, Number Theory and Its History.


Anyone mulian a serious interest in math will find it richly rewarding. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Havil takes on this task and does an excellent job. Many of the results here are startling but at the same time baffling: Then the book presents quite a few methods for approximating the dang thing.

The Story of a Number. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Even without that, Gamma is not aimed at a general audience.

Not that I still worry about that kind of thing, ahem. Want to Read saving…. I’ve read this book twice now. DJ marked it as to-read May 18, Juliah submitted the following rating and havkl. Not really a general-audience publication, really, though. Account Options Sign in. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Stewart, Mathematics Teacher show more. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Then Zeta functions are tackled, which are of the form: Lucas marked it as to-read Sep 19, K added it Jun 26,