The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

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Basic Books, Jan 29, 2013 - Mathematics - 192 pages
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Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. And for over two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid’s Elements, arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics In The King of Infinite Space, renowned mathematics writer David Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements. Berlinski shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers from Copernicus to Newton to Einstein have relied on Euclid’s axiomatic system, a method of proof still taught in classrooms around the world. Euclid’s use of elemental logic—and the mathematical statements he and others built from it—have dramatically expanded the frontiers of human knowledge.

The King of Infinite Space presents a rich, accessible treatment of Euclid and his beautifully simple geometric system, which continues to shape the way we see the world.
 

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

I liked this book but I need to relearn mathematics (particularly the geometry) to really appreciate this book. Also, the print or ebook format would be more suitable to digest the information. That being said, I am now motivated to reinvigorate my math skills and reread this book! Read full review

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

I listened to this book as a CD while driving to/from work. This did not work well as some of the book refers to diagrams and equations. In spite of that it was an interesting discussion, which bordered on philosophy at times. The author also has an entertaining sense of humor. Read full review

Contents

Signs of Men
1
An Abstraction from the Gabble
11
Common Beliefs
19
Darker by Definition
33
The Axioms
45
The Greater Euclid
57
Visible and Invisible Proof
77
The Devils Offer
91
The Euclidean Joint Stock Company
117
Euclid the Great
147
Teachers Note
155
A Note on Sources
157
Euclids Definitions
159
Index
163
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David Berlinski holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught mathematics and philosophy at universities in the United States and France. The bestselling author of A Tour of the Calculus and Newton’s Gift, as well as many other books, he lives in Paris.

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