e: The Story of a Number


Oct 12, 2011
6 halftones. 74 line illus.
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The interest earned on a bank account, the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower, and the shape of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are all intimately connected with the mysterious number e. In this informal and engaging history, Eli Maor portrays the curious characters and the elegant mathematics that lie behind the number. Designed for a reader with only a modest mathematical background, this biography brings out the central importance of e to mathematics and illuminates a golden era in the age of science.

Awards and Recognition

  • Honorable Mention for the 1994 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Mathematics, Association of American Publishers