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A tour of the calculus

Author: David Berlinski
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The calculus represents humanity's great and profound meditation on the theme of continuity. In clear and instructive language David Berlinski explains the concept of limits, how a function describes a relationship between numbers, and the meaning of the real numbers and their role in the re-creation of the world. --From publisher description.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Berlinski
ISBN: 0679426450 9780679426455
OCLC Number: 31970193
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Masters of the symbols --
Symbols of the masters --
The black blossoms of geometry --
Cartesian coordinates --
The unbearable smoothness of motion --
Yo --
Thirteen ways of looking at a line --
The doctor of discovery --
Real world rising --
Forever familiar, forever unknown --
Some famous functions --
Speed of sorts --
Speed, strange speed --
Paris days --
Prague interlude --
Memory of motion --
The dimpled shoulder --
Wrong Way Rolle --
The mean value theorem --
The song of Igor --
Area --
Those Legos vanish --
The integral wishes to compute an area --
The integral wishes to become a function --
Between the living and the dead --
A farewell to continuity.
Responsibility: David Berlinski.
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The calculus represents humanity's great and profound meditation on the theme of continuity. In clear and instructive language David Berlinski explains the concept of limits, how a function describes a relationship between numbers, and the meaning of the real numbers and their role in the re-creation of the world. --From publisher description.

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