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ISBN: 9780387974972 - Numbers: v. 123
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Numbers: v. 123

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ISBN: 9780387974972
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Edition: 1st Corrected ed. 1991. Corr. 2nd printing 1996


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Describes different kinds of numbers, from rationals to octonians, reals to infinitesimals. This book tells of a story about a major thread of mathematics over thousands of years, and shows why Hamilton was obsessed with quaternions and what the prospect was for quaternionic analysis in the 19th century.

 

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This book is about all kinds of numbers, from rationals to octonians, reals to infinitesimals. It is a story about a major thread of mathematics over thousands of years, and it answers everything from why Hamilton was obsessed with quaternions to what the prospect was for quaternionic analysis in the 19th century. It glimpses the mystery surrounding imaginary numbers in the 17th century and views some major developments of the 20th century.