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Numbers: A Very Short Introduction

Numbers: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

By Higgins, Peter M.

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In this Very Short Introduction Peter M. Higgins presents an overview of the number types featured in modern science and mathematics. Providing a non-technical account, he explores the evolution of the modern number system, examines the fascinating role of primes, and explains th... read full description below.

ISBN 9780199584055
Barcode 9780199584055
Published 24 May 2011 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Series Very Short Introductions
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ISBN-13 9780199584055
ISBN-10 0199584052
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 24 May 2011
International Publication Date 24 February 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Higgins, Peter M.
Series Very Short Introductions
Category Mathematics
Number Theory
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions Width: 120mm
Height: 173mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 135g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 510
Catalogue Code 199587

Description of this Book

Numbers are integral to our everyday lives and feature in everything we do. In this Very Short Introduction Peter M. Higgins, the renowned mathematics writer, unravels the world of numbers; demonstrating its richness, and providing a comprehensive view of the idea of the number. Higgins paints a picture of the number world, considering how the modern number system matured over centuries. Explaining the various number types and showing how they behave, he introduces key concepts such as integers, fractions, real numbers, and imaginary numbers. By approaching the topic in a non-technical way and emphasising the basic principles and interactions of numbers with mathematics and science, Higgins also demonstrates the practical interactions and modern applications, such as encryption of confidential data on the internet.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review coridial guide to number theory The Guardian
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Peter M. Higgins is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Essex University. He is a research algebraist but has written five popular mathematics books that bring mathematical matters to a wide audience. He is the inventor of Circular Sodoku, which has appeared throughout the world in magazines, books, the internet, and on handheld computer games.

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