Imagining Numbers, by Barry Mazur. Brian Anderson. Follow this and additional works at: This Book Review. REVIEW OF BARRY MAZUR’S IMAGINING NUMBERS. (PARTICULARLY THE SQUARE ROOT OF MINUS FIFTEEN) AND. GISBERT W ¨USTHOLZ’S A. NOTICES OF THE AMS. Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen). Barry Mazur. Farrar, Straus and Giroux,

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It took more than two hundred years for mathematicians to discover a satisfactory way of “imagining” these numbers. Visual Reasoning with Diagrams.

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Imagining Numbers : (Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen)

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Shows how the art of mathematical imagining is not as mysterious as it seems.