Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc.
I would describe this book as analogous to a community brown bag feast. There were quite a few good bits, but equal amounts of dense tough inedible bits of uncertain origin. I think the author tried and failed to cover much to wide of a field, and in the end left me with more questions than answers. I did gain a better understanding of the nature and role of geometry in modern science. But the author's tendency to digress into quick recitation of abstract and abstruse formulas was extremely frustrating. I recommend this book to those who want to understand the history of science, although there are quite a few better texts available from Audible. I don't recommend this book to anyone who is looking to learn more about either Euclid or Geometry.
I think as an audible text, may have been more engaging if it were more biographical. Probably a 4 star book if read from paper.
Enjoyed this as a history book, but the mathmatical concepts are kept more in the background. The book starts mostly with the Greeks: Pythagorus, Euclid, and Archimedes, and their contributions to geometry and trigonometry; then onto Hypatia, the Romans and dark/middle ages where war and The Church rule and little is learned (but arithmetic is derived in the Middle East). Onto Erasmus, Galileo, Decartes, Gauss and non-Euclidian (hyperspace) geometry where a triangle is greater/less than 180 degrees. From there to Einstein, relativity, and spacetime. Then a bit on s-theory to string theory.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
I cant count how many times I have listened to this book. Do you have an old movie you use like comfort food? you know.. like" A wonderful life" with James Stewart. All the elements mix into something unusually comforting. what about audio books? well I have a few "comfort listens" and this is one of them. Go ahead...roll your eyes and say a book on science??? Nerd alert, nerd alert.LOL. Get a crowbar and take a deep breath to keep your mind open till this review is done-then you can rant your ass off if that's your bag. So Whats so special about this book and how can it qualify as a "comfort read"? Like any a-book you find that stands apart from all the others, the narration must fit the material perfectly and or uniquely, in the case of this book that was a particularly tall order. This is not just a very well written book of science and history, its very funny and its particular brand of humour is so well matched to the narrator that it becomes unique and outstanding. It just came to me...music ! thats what it becomes-ya. And like music I can start listening anywhere and enjoy it, and like music I can listen to it repeatedly. Now-Im sure there are plenty of you out there that wont understand or appreciate what im trying to convey but i think there are enough of you out there that get it to make this a worthy effort. Those of you that follow my reviews may remember 2 things about me-Firstly I suffer from severe chronic pain and am disabled by it and audible books have saved my life. Secondly, to me, a typical review especially in this venue- where I tell you what the book is about is pointless since that info is given to you in the blurb when you pull up the book on your device, most people doing reviews here do that along with their thumbs up or down, I generally prefer to talk about how the book made me feel.Anyway, this is the first book ive read by this author and I was obviously impressed, especially when combined with the narrator's great work. A similar book (humorous science writing) that is a great book but is ruined by the wrong narrator is bill brysons a short history of everything. Its one of my favorite all time books- but the unabridged versions narrator just didnt work for me and was a major disappointment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Great way to learn the history of the world with mathematics. It is complimentary across so many subjects. I could listen to this book as if it were a song. Thanks for strengthening our interest. Do you have any other recommendations for beginners. Thanks!
The history of math. People figured out things I still don't understand, and they figured them out by drawing in sand without calculators or computers. Fascinating.
I liked it so much I'll probably listen to it again.
If you're interested in the evolution of mathematics, this is the book for you.
It is so rare to find a math history book on audio. I found the first half far more enlightening than the last, and enjoyed his jokes and personal narratives woven in as examples. His treatment of hyperbolic geometry was particularly noteworthy.