The one who masters numbers has the power. More than 2000 years ago the Greek scientist Archimedes beat the Roman Navy with his math skills. Intelligence agencies encrypt communications. Computers beat humans in Chess and Jeopardy. Rudolf Taschner takes us on an amazing ride through the history of the most powerful numbers. He tells the tale of Blaise Pascal who first invented a computer in the 17th century, of how Isaac Newton learned to calculate with the concept of infinity, of why Kurt Gödel managed to believe in the power of numbers and the presence of ghosts, and of how the British Intelligence despaired about the number 007.
The author unveils the secrets of math in a suspenseful, light, and entertaining way. Even the non-math-inclined cannot help but be taken into the spell of numbers.
Ein wunderschönes Buch über die Zahl und deren Entstehung. Taschner schildert selbst Mathelaien und Mathehassern die Geschichte der Zahl so anschaulich, das man erstaunt ist, was man alles in der Schule falsch gelernt oder mit einem Kopfnicken abgetan hat. Das Mathematik interessant sein kann, geht also doch!