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The king of infinite space : Euclid and his Elements

Author: David Berlinski
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. Euclid's Elements is arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics. Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements, and shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers have relied on Euclid's axiomatic system, a method of  Read more...
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Named Person: Euclid.; Euclid.; Euclides
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Berlinski
ISBN: 9780465014811 046501481X 0465033466 9780465033461
OCLC Number: 778420749
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 172 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Signs of men --
An abstraction from the gabble --
Common beliefs --
Darker by definition --
The axioms --
The greater Euclid --
Visible and invisible proof --
The devil's offer --
The Euclidean Joint Stock Company --
Euclid the great.
Other Titles: Euclid and his Elements
Responsibility: David Berlinski.

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