Infinite Ascent: A Short History of MathematicsIn 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 2,500yearlong 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, codiscoverers 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. From the Hardcover edition. 
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Review: Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics (Modern Library Chronicles #22)
User Review  GoodreadsOverwrought language obscuring the topic, excessively narrow view of the subject and of history in general, and occasionally goddamn wrong about facts  what's not to hate? Read full review
Review: Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics (Modern Library Chronicles #22)
User Review  GoodreadsBerlinksi gets tingles up and down his spine when an elegant proof reaches a surprising conclusion, but what really turns him on is smart men losing intellectual pissing contests to even smarter men ... Read full review
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