Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics
In Infinite Ascent, David Berlinski, the acclaimed author of The Advent of the Algorithm, A Tour of the Calculus, and Newton’s Gift, tells the story of mathematics, bringing to life with wit, elegance, and deep insight a 2,500-year-long intellectual adventure.
Berlinski focuses on the ten most important breakthroughs in mathematical history–and the men behind them. Here are Pythagoras, intoxicated by the mystical significance of numbers; Euclid, who gave the world the very idea of a proof; Leibniz and Newton, co-discoverers of the calculus; Cantor, master of the infinite; and Gödel, who in one magnificent proof placed everything in doubt.
The elaboration of mathematical knowledge has meant nothing less than the unfolding of human consciousness itself. With his unmatched ability to make abstract ideas concrete and approachable, Berlinski both tells an engrossing tale and introduces us to the full power of what surely ranks as one of the greatest of all human endeavors.
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Review: Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics (Modern Library Chronicles #22)User Review - Vishy - Goodreads
One of the finest books on mathematics that I have read. The chapter about Reimann's contributions to mathematics gave me goosebumps. Very fascinating and very accessible. Highly recommended. Read full review
Review: Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics (Modern Library Chronicles #22)User Review - Oscar Monaghan - Goodreads
Berlinski's style is a little difficult to deal with at times, and I frequently found myself rolling my eyes or sighing in exasperation. Nonetheless, the concepts are accessibly explained, and ... Read full review
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