The King of Infinite Space

The King of Infinite Space

Euclid and His Elements

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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.
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Basic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780465014811
046501481X
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 516.2 Ber
Alternative Title: Euclid and his Elements

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Liber_vermis
Jun 11, 2013

This slim book might have been compiled from random thoughts jotted down on cards while the author enjoyed his morning coffee at a Starbucks. The cards were dropped into a shoe box; and later assembled and divided into arbitrary chapters by the publisher. I couldn't see any plan or goal. There's a lot of unexplained technical jargon. I quit at page 39. It's too bad as I really enjoyed Euclidean geometry in school.

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