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Numbers by Peter M Higgins
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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.

Table of Contents

1. How not to think about numbers: the trouble with bases; 2. The unending series of primes; 3. Perfect and not so perfect numbers; 4. Cryptography: the secret life of the primes; 5. Numbers that count; 6. A peek below the waterline of the number iceberg; 7. To infinity and beyond; 8. Numbers but not as we know them; Further Reading; Index
Release date NZ
February 24th, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
15 black and white halftones
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
152
Dimensions
120x173x17
ISBN-13
9780199584055
Product ID
9600895

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