
A Most Elegant Equation
 Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
 Narrated by: Sean Pratt
 Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
 Unabridged Audiobook
 Release date: 110717
 Language: English
 Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Regular price: $20.99
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Publisher's Summary
Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry". This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity, or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections. It ties together everything from basic arithmetic to compound interest, the circumference of a circle, trigonometry, calculus, and even infinity. In David Stipp's hands, Euler's identity becomes a contemplative stroll through the glories of mathematics. The result is an ode to this magical field.
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Good and Simple
I really liked the math history, and a refreshing view on a beloved equation. however the math explanations are too elementary for anyone with some University mathematics, which can make some demonstrations too lengthy or boring. I still liked it though, and would recommend it to anyone with interest in math, but not quite a profound understanding
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 040918
Good treatment of the subject
Overall a good journey through Euler's formula, with nice side trips through intriging relevant stories that were integral to Euler's great, beautiful equation. However, the author, who is a writer who once majored in math, epresses his sometimes fleeting grasp on the subject with the literary awkwardness. He has a journalist's understanding of mathematics, and the journalistic skill of a mathematician.
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 Blake
 013018
Audible Math Wasn't Too Bad
Maybe it's just me, but I found it pretty easy to follow the math while just listening. Overall an interesting read.
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 Andreas Zenker
 060518
Great math book to listen to
Not all math books translate well to audio but in this case it was a really enjoyable listen.
Writing and narration were quite good and the math was approachable even in this format.
The only thing missing is a pdf of the formulas and images from the last few chapters where I found myself wanting to work along with the author. This is not recommended while driving ;) but I may just relisten to that section with a pad of paper so I can scratch out the ideas on paper
Great book!
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 Kindle Customer
 Houston, TX
 081518
Delightful
Though a little too much time on elementary equations, overall terrific. The last chapter especially.

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 Jeffrey Check
 Dearborn
 081018
way too simplistic if you know math
the elementary level of math the author assumes in the listener starts to get annoying by the 3rd chapter and never lets up. great for a zero math person though. should have said "for english majors" on the cover.

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 Richard
 Goodwood, Saudi Arabia
 072418
Not well suited to audiobook
I don't think that audiobooks are a suitable medium for the algebraic manipulation of trigonometric expressions.

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 sajeev varki
 Lee, NH United States
 061618
Full of unrelated material. <br />
author has jumped to unrelated stuff to fill up a book. a disservice to the audience. narration,however, was excellent.

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 Stephen
 020818
A good introduction to Euler but could have been more focused and less disjointed
What I liked about this book was its introduction to Leonhard Euler and his contributions to mathematics. I also learned about the beauty of pi and transcendent numbers.
The style was very accessible although the book has diagrams that couldn’t be presented in an audiobook. If I had followed along with the book in hand I could have followed the chapters on trigonometry and geometry better.
The narrator was very good.
What bothers me about this book is the author wrote that Euler’s Formula was also known as God’s equation yet didn’t elaborate on Euler’s Christian worldview. Euler’s faith was integral to his work in mathematics. The author glossed over this with the comment that Euler was pious and a Protestant. But why call Euler’s Formula God’s Formula without a discussion about Euler’s faith and how it informed his work? I think the fact that Euler was a Christian during the Enlightenment, a period of Deism and secular humanism, explains why he’s not held in as high regard as say Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire.
The author started out with helpful metaphors but after awhile they became distracting and not relevant to presenting the material.
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 Anonymous User
 042718
Entertaining
Facinating narative and well constructed story; well read and the mathematics was easy to visualise.