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Numbers: A Very Short Introduction
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NUMBERS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

PAPERBACK BY HIGGINS, PETER M.

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9780199584055
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PUBLISHER
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
IMPRINT
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
152 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
24 FEB 2011

DESCRIPTION

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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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