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Good Math by Mark C. Chu-Carroll

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4 Irrational and Transcendental Numbers

In the history of math, there’ve been a lot of disappointments for mathematicians. They always start off with the idea that math is a beautiful, elegant, perfect thing. They pursue it, and they eventually discover that it’s not.

This leads us to a collection of strange numbers that we need to deal with: the irrational and transcendental numbers. Both were huge disappointments to the mathematicians who discovered them.

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