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The King of Infinite Space
Author: David Berlinski

ISBN: 9780465014811
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 15 February 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 2.8
Description:
From one of our most gifted and lyrical writers on mathematics, an exploration of the fascinating origins and critical legacy of Euclid's influential book "The Elements", which still stands as a cornerstone of geometry. In "The King of Infinite Space", renowned mathematics writer David Berlinski describes the secret history of modern mathematics by exploring the enduring importance of the Greek thinker Euclid, whose elucidation of the basic principles of geometry shaped the way we see the world. Geometry helps us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion, and geometric forms define everything we observe - both natural and manmade - in the world around us. And for more than two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid's Elements, the oldest complete text in the western mathematical tradition. Virtually nothing is known, however, about the life of the man who first organized geometric and mathematical knowledge into a system. Now, in "The King of Infinite Space", Berlinski provides the definitive story of this elusive mathematician and his path to becoming one of the foundational figures of modern mathematics. In "T...

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