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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gopfolk - LibraryThing
A 4 for content...a 2 for usefulness... This book has bouts of brilliance but was short on usefulness. I found myself time and again asking what the point of this book was. I wasn't sure if Berlinski ... Read full review
Infinite ascent: a short history of mathematicsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A mathematician, lecturer, and essayist (A Tour of the Calculus), Berlinski offers an imaginative and readable romp through the history of mathematics. To help lay readers understand abstract ... Read full review