Editorial Reviews. Review. [A] wonderful book Havil’s emphasis on historical context and In a tantalizing blend of history and mathematics, Julian Havil takes the reader on a journey through logarithms and the harmonic series, the two. Read “Gamma Exploring Euler’s Constant” by Julian Havil with Rakuten Kobo. Among the myriad of constants that appear in mathematics, p, e, and i are the. Among the many constants that appear in mathematics, π, e, and i are the most familiar. Following closely behind is y, or gamma, a constant that arises in many.

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The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics. Havil’s emphasis on historical context and his conversational style make this a pleasure to read Back cover copy “I like this book very much.

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Paddy added it Aug 09, It is a pleasure to follow Havil’s exposition of Euler’s thought processes as he uncovers Harmonic series, the Zeta function and juloan on. Gamma Princeton Science Library. Not that I still worry about that kind of thing, ahem. Other editions – View all Gamma: You’ve successfully reported this review.

Gamma captures the spirit of the great age of 18th and 19th century mathematics: For a far more thorough look at the truly impressive mathematics contained within this book, keep reading.


Princeton University PressJul 26, – Mathematics – pages. As with Havil’s text here, and others like Dunham’s, Maor’s, Nahin’s, et al. More interesting in many ways are tamma applications.

Gamma : Exploring Euler’s Constant

Stewart, Mathematics Teacher show more. Anyone with a serious interest in maths will find it richly rewarding. THe maths really was a bit complex for a light read, interesting, but not as good as others like it.

But the eponymous Euler-Mascheroni constant, though it seems at first an odd, and to some an off-putting choice as the subject, is itself a fine linking element for all its mysteries and perhaps exactly because of them.

Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant

Aug 07, Nick rated it really liked it. Havil presents a multitude of applications of both the harmonic series and of logarithms, which involve music, record-setting, testing, overhangs, information theory, Benfords Law on the frequency of first digits and continued fractions, among other topics.

Jones Limited preview – In a tantalizing blend of history and mathematics, Julian Havil takes the reader This little dude comes in handy surprisingly often; my favorite examples relate to music and the Quicksort algorithm. A rare in-depth look at the gamma constant I was hoping to find a book that went further into the rabbit hole of the gamma constant than most books. To ask other readers questions about Gammaplease sign up. Havil clearly has that.

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The Gentle Art of Mathematics. Jeffrey is currently reading it Oct 28, Dan marked it as to-read Nov 12, Enter the Von Mangoldt explicit formula, which demonstrates the connection between the P. This is actually a really big deal, as most of you math nerds are no doubt already aware. Julian Havil injects genuine excitement into the topic.

This is hard to follow in places because it takes a historical approach; it is also not representative of the book in that subsequent chapters, while they do incorporate history, don’t do so in this detail. View all 11 comments.

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Sure to be popular with not only students and instructors but all math aficionados, Gamma takes us through countries, centuries, lives, and works, unfolding along the way the stories of some remarkable mathematics from some remarkable mathematicians. Next up is the harmonic series.

Asymptotic Methods in Analysis. Exploring Euler’s Constant by Julian Havil. Second, the pleasure Havil has in contemplating this material is infectious.

Raouf marked it as to-read Nov 04,