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Curves for the Mathematically Curious


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A biographical sketch of ten curves - how they came to be, their importance in the past, and their continuing relevance today.

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Julian Havil is the author of John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy; The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On; Impossible? Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums; Nonplussed! Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas; and Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (all Princeton). He is a retired former master at Winchester College, England, where he taught mathematics for more than three decades.


"Undoubtedly [this book], written in the same entertaining unmistakable style of the author and containing a lot of information - mathematical, historical and general - will attract, as the previous ones, a large audience."---S. Cobzas, Studia Mathematica
"A wonderful addition to libraries where the mathematically curious find their reading." * Choice *
"This is not your father's - or grandfather's - standard collection of conic sections."---Jim Stein, New Books Network
"What a beautiful book!"---Jonathan Shock, Mathemafrica.org

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