Full title  Asimov On Numbers ^{[permalink]} 

Language  English 
Author  Isaac Asimov (author) 
Publisher  Pocket Books 
Categories  Mathematics and science 
Publication year  1978 
ISBN  0671821342 ^{[Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]} 
Pages  275 
Synopsis  This is a collection of essays by Asimov on numbers and mathematics. It discusses how we got the concept of zero (from India via the Arabs), exponents, factorials, aleph numbers (there are actually different kinds of infinities), pi, imaginary numbers, huge numbers (like googol, but that doesn't even scratch the surface), the metric system (yum), and a host of other stuff. It also has an essay on animals and their sizes. 
Review  As with most essay collections from Asimov, this one is a surefire good read. Asimov explains in detail (but not too painful detail) a lot of difficult mathematics, step by careful step. Unlike a lot of his other collections, this one feels a little miscellaneous, but that doesn't at all detract from its quality. 
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