From an academic point of view such a denial is unforgivable. I found out more about this number than I ever thought it was possible to know. Enjil is not just another person, but an animation of our restless spirit, looking for a meaning. As each new page revealed even more intrigues governing the number 9, I was spell bound. With that being said, there are a few interesting ways the author conveys number geometrically, but that is about all that is interesting in this book.
It is a new theorem of hidden numbers - but it is so simple. His research into form provokes new possibilities in architecture. I really enjoyed this guitar until I got my swdgt martin, none the less my sigma is like new. Recently he chanced to rethink the arithmetic we all use. I really enjoyed this guitar until I got my swdgt martin, none the less my sigma is like new.
Not a lot of non-fiction books have the guts to address mathematics in such a personal way. Number 9 tells the story of Enjil, a boy mathematician who is challenged by a spirit to solve the riddle, What is the fixed point of the wind? The author Cecil Balmond even creates the character of Enjil to accompany the reader during his search for the truth behind the number 9. Enjil is not just another person, but an animation of our restless spirit, looking for a meaning. Reader from Germany - 27 September 1998 I was overjoyed to find Number 9, The Search for the Sigma Code in my local bookshop yesterday. Cecil Balmond is a man at the top of his profession making the most flamboyant ideas of the leading avant garde architects work. I wouldn't call it a book on mathematics; rather a book on the intricacies of arithmetic and specifically, as its name implies, number 9. But then again, you can ask yourself if a real solution would have fitted together with the magical atmosphere nourished by this book.
Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. Nine is the number of initiation and departure. It shows the reader that numbers can be fun. A young boy learns about mathematics while trying to solve a mathematical puzzle. The worlds of Enjil and that of the reader travel in parallel.
I have always thought 9 to be a magical number, a number of consequence and portent. Now here is a book, which does exactly that. Jay Kappraff discusses a pair of tables of integers found in the Arithmetic and shows how they lead to a general theory of proportion, including the system of musical proportions developed by the neo-Platonic Renaissance architects Leon Battista Alberti and Andrea Palladio, the Roman system of proportions described by Theon of Smyrna, and the Modulor of Le Corbusier. It gave me so much pleasure and I would like to think that it would give many more readers the same pleasure and inspiration. It is full of many useful insights.
Reader's comment from architect at New Haven - September 1998 Thanks so much for the wonderful book - mysterious and lucid and a great telling of this fantastic adventure. I have always felt that, because of the pressures in getting pupils through examinations, there is not the time to allow them to have fun with numbers and explore the wonderful world of patterns as much as I would have liked. Diagrams and picture maps which illustrate the book show how the number nine holds the fate of other numbers, how, like a phantom, it can change and vanish, or like a virus, attack and conquer the character of other numbers. Diagrams and picture maps which illustrate the book show how the number nine holds the fate of other numbers, how, like a phantom, it can change and vanish, or like a virus, attack and conquer the character of other numbers. . Reader from Los Angeles - 17 October 1998 I really enjoyed the book's concept. Yet before reading this book I have never given it any thought.
Your books some way to confirming my beliefs. Never during the whole narrative does she mention that number 9 is only magical in a decimal system. I will certainly be recommending it to my pupils. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. There is much repetition and a very forced half-baked Siddhartha style plot. I have been fascinated with the same number for many years and have built up a small dossier of events and coincides all revolving round the number 9. For the same reasons that number 9 is special in a system with ten digits, 15 will be magical in a hexadecimal system.
Reader from New York - 9 September 1998 You are the only person who can make math's mysteries understandable to me. Then click to enter your own votes on its mathematical content and literary quality or send me comments to post on this Webpage. On a journey of discovery, Enjil leads us deeper into an inner world in search of the solution. Wouldn't part with it for the world. Plays nice for what it is.
This is my second read of Number 9. It is extremely well written and brings to life mathematics. In solving the riddle, Enjil, a boy mathematician, leads us deeper and deeper into an inner world. Not a lot of non-fiction books have the guts to address mathematics in such a personal way. But in addition I have many friends who share my love of numbers and they too have been charmed by the book.