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Infinite ascent : a short history of mathematics

Author: David Berlinski
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2005.
Series: Modern Library chronicles.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Berlinski, David, 1942-
Infinite ascent.
New York : Modern Library, 2005
(OCoLC)624546805
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Berlinski
ISBN: 067964234X 9780679642343
OCLC Number: 57573840
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 197 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Number --
Proof --
Analytic geometry --
The calculus --
Complex numbers --
Groups --
Non-Euclidean geometry --
Sets --
Incompleteness --
The present.
Series Title: Modern Library chronicles.
Responsibility: David Berlinski.
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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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