A Most Elegant Equation

Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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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.

©2017 David Stipp (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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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 re-listen to that section with a pad of paper so I can scratch out the ideas on paper Great book!

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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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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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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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Engaging, inspired, revealing,

Engaging, inspired, revealing, and I'm only on my second listening. For anyone that knows and studies the language of math, this is a fun listen that will fill gaps large and small. Already eager for my next listening. Enjoy...

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Helped me stay in a conversation with a Quant

I was super impressed with this fun and engaging book. I'm prepping for the GRE, again. And while I'm taking an online trig course, I wanted something mathematical to add to my morning commutes. I listened to several chapters several times because the content can be difficult to follow for a non-math person like myself. But I surprised myself how much I learned when I found out one of my colleagues has a Masters in Mathematics and we talked about Euler, Euler's formula and the history of mathematics as well as distinctions in Algebra, Trig, etc. I like the writing style. It's flippant and a little sarcastic. It's a very specific form of humor that fits the topic well.

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confusing

the math is a bit confusing, but for an audio book I guess that's expected

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This does not work as an audible book. Needs PDF

There are pages and pages of equations the author goes over which would be OK if there was a PDF to look at but just as a spoken line it is gibberish. I suspect it is ploy to get you to buy the book also but really it is not worth it. You can get most of the same information on Google.

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Great book!

Wonderful book to help engineers see the mathematics behind Eulers equation that is used so often in engineering but rarely understood.

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Best audio math book yet

Excellent book about mathmatics. I have been listening to several audiobooks recently seeking to develop a better conceptual understanding and appreciation for math. This book has helped with that greatly. It is written simply enough that with only a psuedo understanding of high school math you can follow along, while the concepts touch on a college level. The formulas are sometimes difficult to follow in audio, but the execution of the book allows you to appreciate and understand quite a bit of it.

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Very good.

Lovely exposition of the formula, its history and some of its uses. The author argues for the transcendent beauty of mathematics, but does not trust the audience to share in his wonder, and so couches some deep insights in silly narratives to make them relevant to the layman. The people reading and listening are likely looking for wonder, he should trust them to appreciate it. Its another example of mathematicians feeling apologetic for their passion. Overall though, he is clear and reveals some of the formula's deep connections.

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  • Some Guy
  • 07-20-19

A great audio adaptation

When I first considered buying this book, I was worried that maths might be a difficult topic to translate into an audio book. As it turns out, it was light on formulas and all very well explained. I would recommend a pen and paper for the latter chapters that delve into infinite series', to ensure you can grasp how they all relate to each other. Nonetheless, it does justice to important mathematical finding while making sure to stay entertaining at the same time.

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  • Mick
  • 07-16-20

Enjoyable journey illustrating the beauty of Math

As an undergraduate studying advanced mathematics, I have a deep passion for all things math. That said, you do not need to be an avid math enthusiast to enjoy this book. A little curiosity is all you need to be swept up by what is essentially a gentle introduction to the beauty and elegance of mathematics.

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  • David Sapsford
  • 04-27-18

Entertaining

Facinating narative and well constructed story; well read and the mathematics was easy to visualise.