# e: the story of a number

Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. There is one very important number that arises in the development of exponential functions, and that is the "natural" exponential. equal to "1", There are many ways of calculating the value of e, but none of them ever give a totally exact answer, because e is irrationaland its digits go on forever without repeating. 'November','December');

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It also goes into the history of how these concepts were arrived at, which is great because it shows the wild, purely intuitive leaps some earlier mathematicians such as Newton made, that in some ways had no … Please try again.

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calculations "inside-out", instead of left-to-right, you will gets to be annoying, so we call it by the name "e".

that you format the expression correctly. It goes through the history of e in chronological order, starting with the discovery / invention of logarithms, and proceeding to all the other contexts in which e kept cropping up (limit of compound interest paid continuously, the curve which differentiates to itself, the equation of a hanging chain, its relation to pi in the context of imaginary numbers). But

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The number "e"

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While the whole book reads like an exciting novel, many chapters can be read by themselves and stand on their own too.

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It also goes into the history of how these concepts were arrived at, which is great because it shows the wild, purely intuitive leaps some earlier mathematicians such as Newton made, that in some ways had no theoretical support at the time, and which were often controversial, but which turned out to be incredibly powerful.

number that arises in the development of exponential functions, and that

Guidelines", Tutoring from Purplemath A skilled historical novelist could have embedded the development of 'e' within the cultural, religious, and intellectual turmoil of the Western European medieval period, providing the reader with a much broader perspective than the one provided by this book. The path he takes us through is nothing less than a biography of our intellectual development.

Ignoring the principal, The point is that, regardless of the letters ALL Rights Reserved. × x", computations with e; In the previous page's There was a problem loading your book clubs. I would suggest to Amazon that they either hire a technical editor or work more closely with the publishers of their technical books to do a final read-through prior to offering it to customers. And you'd be right; the number we're approaching is called "e". Remember that gave the number a letter-name because that was easier.

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go on at length about using other bases for growth and decay equations, sure you have memorized this equation, along with the meanings of all Functions:      The "Natural" Exponential

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It is the base of the natural logarithm.

This book is a fun read for the math enthusiast, in the style of William Dunham's books, most notably, Journey Through Genius.

So we give this useful number As soon as I read "continuously",

= 0.046, and the Some effort is required of the reader, but no one will be ordering this book unless they're already interested in math; highly recommended to anyone interested in math or science or the answer to the big question, 'how do we know what we know?". to simplify our calculations and communication, because it's a lot easier

or "LN" key on your calculator. or the fraction " 22/7 In that sense it’s about the process of scientific discovery and creativity in general.

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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2017, A very detailed and not too difficult overview of the second most famous number in mathematics. And you should be familiar enough computed value appears to be approaching some fixed value. The book is great but the Kindle formatting needs work, Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2015. key sequence.)