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Well researched but the prose is distracting
on 20 October 2014
Contrary to other opinions I found Mr Havil's so called "marvellous prose" flowery, unnecessary and, frankly rather self indulgent. The man is clearly a knowledgable mathematician and as a history of irrationals this is a very good book; but please, stock to the maths and less of the wordplay! The mathematics is very advanced in many parts and whilst I don't like my science books to be oversimplified, some warning about the level necessary to understand this would have perhaps suggested that some preparation with slightly less advanced texts was required.