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Curves for the Mathematically Curious

An Anthology of the Unpredictable, Historical, Beautiful, and Romantic

Julian Havil



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Princeton University Press
10 January 2022
Ten amazing curves personally selected by one of today's most important math writers
Curves for the Mathematically Curious is a thoughtfully curated collection of ten mathematical curves, selected by Julian Havil for their significance, mathematical interest, and beauty. Each chapter gives an account of the history and definition of a curve, pro
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 133mm, 
ISBN:   9780691206134
ISBN 10:   0691206139
Pages:   280
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Julian Havil is the author of John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy; The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On; Impossible? Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums; Nonplussed! Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas; and Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (all Princeton). He is a retired former master at Winchester College, England, where he taught mathematics for more than three decades.

Reviews for Curves for the Mathematically Curious: An Anthology of the Unpredictable, Historical, Beautiful, and Romantic

Undoubtedly [this book], written in the same entertaining unmistakable style of the author and containing a lot of information - mathematical, historical and general - will attract, as the previous ones, a large audience. ---S. Cobzas, Studia Mathematica A wonderful addition to libraries where the mathematically curious find their reading. * Choice * Havil's narrative for each curve is a cornucopia of fun facts and rigorous explanation. ---Andrew J. Simoson, Mathematical Intelligencer This is not your father's - or grandfather's - standard collection of conic sections. ---Jim Stein, New Books Network What a beautiful book! ---Jonathan Shock,

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