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A tour of the calculus

Author: David Berlinski
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997, ©1995.
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In its largest aspect, the calculus functions as a celestial measuring tape, able to order the infinite expanse of the universe. Time and space are given names, points, and limits; seemingly intractable problems of motion, growth, and form are reduced to answerable questions. Calculus was humanity's first attempt to represent the world and perhaps its greatest meditation on the theme of continuity. Charts and graphs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Berlinski, David, 1942-
Tour of the calculus.
New York : Vintage Books, 1997, ©1995
(DLC) 95004042
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Berlinski
ISBN: 9780307789730 030778973X
OCLC Number: 757755621
Description: 1 online resource (279 pages) : illustrations
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 sholder --
Wrong way Rolle --
The mean value of theorem --
The song of Igor --
Area --
Those legos vanish --
The intergral wishes to compute an area --
The intergral wishes to become a function --
A farewell to continuity --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: David Berlinski.

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In its largest aspect, the calculus functions as a celestial measuring tape, able to order the infinite expanse of the universe. Time and space are given names, points, and limits; seemingly intractable problems of motion, growth, and form are reduced to answerable questions. Calculus was humanity's first attempt to represent the world and perhaps its greatest meditation on the theme of continuity. Charts and graphs throughout. From the Hardcover edition.

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