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e: A very special number

Marcel Danesi

in Pythagoras' Legacy: Mathematics in Ten Great Ideas

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198852247
eISBN:
9780191886959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852247.003.0006
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics, Educational Mathematics

The number e, which is equal to 2.71828…, might seem like something trivial—a play on numbers by mathematicians. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is defined as the limit of the expression ... More


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