Book Reviews of e: The Story of a Number

e: The Story of a Number
e The Story of a Number
Author: Eli Maor
ISBN-13: 9780691058542
ISBN-10: 0691058547
Publication Date: 5/4/1998
Pages: 232
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Book Type: Paperback
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This book wasn't nearly as good as other similar math books I've read (for instance, "Prime Obsession" and "Fermat's Enigma"). I found myself skipping paragraphs at a time because there was little to hold my interest -- Maor's writing lacks the suspense and "aha!" moments that other (better) math biography books have. I was hoping the story would be more of a gradual history of "e", with breakthoughs and such, but instead it seemed to be more of a smattering of "e" trivia, with little to tie it all together.