A biographical sketch of ten curves - how they came to be, their importance in the past, and their continuing relevance today.
Julian Havil is the author of John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy; The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On; Impossible? Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums; Nonplussed! Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas; and Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (all Princeton). He is a retired former master at Winchester College, England, where he taught mathematics for more than three decades.
"Undoubtedly [this book], written in the same entertaining
unmistakable style of the author and containing a lot of
information - mathematical, historical and general - will attract,
as the previous ones, a large audience."---S. Cobzas, Studia
"This is not your father's - or grandfather's - standard collection of conic sections."---Jim Stein, New Books Network
"What a beautiful book!"---Jonathan Shock, Mathemafrica.org