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Euclid's Window Audiobook

Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

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Publisher's Summary

Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

Based on Mlodinow's extensive historical research; his studies alongside colleagues such as Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne; and interviews with leading physicists and mathematicians such as Murray Gell-Mann, Edward Witten, and Brian Greene, Euclid's Window is an extraordinary blend of rigorous, authoritative investigation and accessible, good-humored storytelling that makes a stunningly original argument asserting the primacy of geometry. For those who have looked through Euclid's Window, no space, no thing, and no time will ever be quite the same.

©2009 Leonard Mlodinow; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Sam Portland, OR, United States 03-11-13
    Sam Portland, OR, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "About the math not the people"

    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.

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    Dirk West Jordan, UT, United States 08-26-11
    Dirk West Jordan, UT, United States 08-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Pointless Examples"

    While this book is full of interesting information the authors examples make the point he is trying to make overly complicated because he insists on injecting his version of humor into almost every one leaving the example hard and at times almost impossible to understand.

    The book would have been much better if the author could have used some restraint in trying to prove his whit every 30 seconds.

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    AB 05-22-16
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    "Great story. Poor reading."

    I could not finish the book because of the reader. He was very hard to listen to.

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    Patrick 04-15-16
    Patrick 04-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "World history and math together."

    Don't try to follow the equations, follow the story. A second listen is worth your time.

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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 03-28-16
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 03-28-16 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!"

    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

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    F. F. F. Brockport, NY, United States 03-17-16
    F. F. F. Brockport, NY, United States 03-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great way to learn the history of the world with mathematics."

    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!

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    M. Morris 01-07-16
    M. Morris 01-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    What did you love best about Euclid's Window?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I liked it so much I'll probably listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're interested in the evolution of mathematics, this is the book for you.

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    Catherine 08-30-15
    Catherine 08-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A lovely math history book "

    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.

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    Luis Ricardo Suazo 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    Fantastic combination of history and mathematical insight, told in a very engaging and humorous fashion.

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    HandsomePete Philadelphia, PA 06-05-15
    HandsomePete Philadelphia, PA 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A nonstop geometry thrill ride"

    I paid for my whole seat but found out quickly that I would only use the edge or approximately one third of the area.

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