Numbers: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 17, 2011

byPeter 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 anon-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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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...

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, boo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:March 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199584052

ISBN - 13:9780199584055

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you think. This is an interesting book about something many of us take for the granted, numbers. While they often appear as something that just IS in society, this book lays out the foundations of how numbering systems are not rooted in any sort of unquestionable, objective state, but are also malleable concepts that change depending on the they are constructed by the society that uses them. True story, I figured out how the 2012 end of the world Mayan prophecy was unlikely due to this book. Hint, it has to do with their numbering system.
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Table of Contents

1. How not to think about numbers: the trouble with bases2. The unending series of primes3. Perfect and not so perfect numbers4. Cryptography: the secret life of the primes5. Numbers that count6. A peek below the waterline of the number iceberg7. To infinity and beyond8. Numbers but not as we know themFurther ReadingIndex