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not for the fearful
on 14 August 2007
Every writer of 'popular' books on math must make a difficult decision about the balance between formulas and stories. Nahin has chosen to take the formulas serious and to reduce the story to witty comments and historical facts about mathematicians accompanying the hard stuff. I must admit it was a bit too daunting for me. So I skipped a lot of the formal treatment and read what I could follow. I finally got an idea why a Fourier transform is so important and for the first time in my life I understood why a Maclaurin or Taylor series is useful and how they came into life.
My friends, who were with me during a week of vacation in the South of France, think I'm raving mad to read this kind of stuff while they were beside the swimming pool. But at least, I won't get melanoma! Thanks Paul!