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"If you are an intelligent reader--even one with a weak mathematical background... you could learn a lot from this book, and enjoy the experience."—Mathematical Association of America
"Mr. Stipp's roving account is propelled by his folksy sense of humor."—Wall Street Journal
"Stipp gives his reader a good shot at getting hold of something beautiful."—The Weekly Standard
"A Most Elegant Equation is a smart, incisive account of Euler's famous equation. It beautifully and seamlessly straddles the line between the salient ideas of the equation's proof and its historical, scientific, and philosophical significance."
--- John Allen Paulos, professor of mathematics at Temple University and author of Innumeracy and A Numerate Life
"Even though Pi, e, and i are Very Important Numbers, they seemed unrelated---until Euler discovered a simple, beautiful, and totally unexpected link between them. This delightful book shows us why the formula is surprising, yet inevitable. Thoroughly enjoyable!"
--- Ian Stewart, author of Significant Figures
"Does mathematics transcend our humanness, or is it simply a human construct? Either way, the astonishing interconnections and stunning beauty that mathematics offers can only serve to uplift our human souls. The poetry of 'e to the i pi,' as exemplified by David Stipp, masterfully proves this."
--- James Tanton, Mathematician-at-Large for the Mathematical Association of America
"As a non-professional recovering mathlete, I found A Most Elegant Equation a delightful excursion into the beauty of mathematical thinking. Not only is Stipp a great storyteller, he is a terrific teacher with an easy conversational style who makes the most complex concepts lucid. For anyone who was ever afraid of math, here's your cure."
--- Richard A. Friedman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and contributing Op-Ed writer for the New York Times