A Most Elegant Equation
Add to Cart failed.
Add to Wish List failed.
Remove from wishlist failed.
Adding to library failed
Adding to library failed
Follow podcast failed
Unfollow podcast failed
Audible Premium Plus
$14.95 a month
Buy for $20.99
No default payment method selected.
We are sorry. We are not allowed to sell this product with the selected payment method
Listeners also enjoyed...

Significant Figures
 The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians
 By: Ian Stewart
 Narrated by: Roger Clark
 Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
In Significant Figures, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart introduces the visionaries of mathematics throughout history. Delving into the lives of twentyfive great mathematicians, Stewart examines the roles they played in creating, inventing, and discovering the mathematics we use today. Through these short biographies, we get acquainted with the history of mathematics.


Fantastic
 By Derek on 112317
By: Ian Stewart

Infinite Powers
 How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
 Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves. Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes "backwards" sometimes; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.


Elegant, clear, cutting edge.
 By Amazon Customer on 090519
By: Steven Strogatz

The Joy of x
 A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
 Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.


Great listen
 By cameron on 081619
By: Steven Strogatz

The Universe Speaks in Numbers
 How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets
 By: Graham Farmelo
 Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
 Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
One of the great insights of science is that the universe has an underlying order. The supreme goal of physicists is to understand this order through laws that describe the behavior of the most basic particles and the forces between them. For centuries, we have searched for these laws by studying the results of experiments. Since the 1970s, however, experiments at the world's most powerful atomsmashers have offered few new clues. So some of the world's leading physicists have looked to a different source of insight: modern mathematics.


Great story and narration, but lacks rigor...
 By James S. on 053119
By: Graham Farmelo

Euclid's Window
 The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
 By: Leonard Mlodinow
 Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
 Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
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.


Wow!
 By Eric on 081310
By: Leonard Mlodinow

The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved
 How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
 By: Mario Livio
 Narrated by: Tom Parks
 Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries. Working independently, two prodigies ultimately proved that the quintic cannot be solved by a simple formula. The first popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history.


Historical Perspective Appreciated
 By Michael Hanrahan on 012220
By: Mario Livio

Significant Figures
 The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians
 By: Ian Stewart
 Narrated by: Roger Clark
 Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
In Significant Figures, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart introduces the visionaries of mathematics throughout history. Delving into the lives of twentyfive great mathematicians, Stewart examines the roles they played in creating, inventing, and discovering the mathematics we use today. Through these short biographies, we get acquainted with the history of mathematics.


Fantastic
 By Derek on 112317
By: Ian Stewart

Infinite Powers
 How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
 Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves. Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes "backwards" sometimes; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.


Elegant, clear, cutting edge.
 By Amazon Customer on 090519
By: Steven Strogatz

The Joy of x
 A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
 Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.


Great listen
 By cameron on 081619
By: Steven Strogatz

The Universe Speaks in Numbers
 How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets
 By: Graham Farmelo
 Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
 Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
One of the great insights of science is that the universe has an underlying order. The supreme goal of physicists is to understand this order through laws that describe the behavior of the most basic particles and the forces between them. For centuries, we have searched for these laws by studying the results of experiments. Since the 1970s, however, experiments at the world's most powerful atomsmashers have offered few new clues. So some of the world's leading physicists have looked to a different source of insight: modern mathematics.


Great story and narration, but lacks rigor...
 By James S. on 053119
By: Graham Farmelo

Euclid's Window
 The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
 By: Leonard Mlodinow
 Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
 Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
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.


Wow!
 By Eric on 081310
By: Leonard Mlodinow

The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved
 How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
 By: Mario Livio
 Narrated by: Tom Parks
 Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries. Working independently, two prodigies ultimately proved that the quintic cannot be solved by a simple formula. The first popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history.


Historical Perspective Appreciated
 By Michael Hanrahan on 012220
By: Mario Livio

When Einstein Walked with Gödel
 Excursions to the Edge of Thought
 By: Jim Holt
 Narrated by: David Stifel
 Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot.


A good overview of scientific theory
 By Kindle Customer on 091118
By: Jim Holt

The Prime Number Conspiracy
 The Biggest Ideas in Math from Quanta
 By: Thomas Lin  editor, James Gleick  foreword
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
 Length: 10 hrs
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
These stories from Quanta Magazine map the routes of mathematical exploration, showing listeners how cuttingedge research is done, while illuminating the productive tension between conjecture and proof, theory and intuition. Listeners of The Prime Number Conspiracy are headed on "breathtaking intellectual journeys to the bleeding edge of discovery strapped to the narrative rocket of humanity's neverending pursuit of knowledge," says Quanta editorinchief Thomas Lin.


Better [more relevant] than you might expect.
 By James S. on 093019
By: Thomas Lin  editor, and others

Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon
 The Life and Science of James Clerk Maxwell
 By: Brian Clegg
 Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
 Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Asked to name a great physicist, most people would mention Newton or Einstein, Feynman or Hawking. But ask a physicist and there’s no doubt that James Clerk Maxwell will be near the top of the list. Maxwell, an unassuming Victorian Scotsman, explained how we perceive color. He uncovered the way gases behave. And, most significantly, he transformed the way physics was undertaken in his explanation of the interaction of electricity and magnetism, revealing the nature of light and laying the groundwork for everything from Einstein’s special relativity to modern electronics.


Science writing done right
 By Erik Josephson on 040820
By: Brian Clegg

The Quantum Labyrinth
 How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality
 By: Paul Halpern
 Narrated by: Brian Troxell
 Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
In 1939, Richard Feynman, a brilliant graduate of MIT, arrived in John Wheeler's Princeton office to report for duty as his teaching assistant. A lifelong friendship and enormously productive collaboration was born, despite sharp differences in personality. The softspoken Wheeler, though conservative in appearance, was a raging nonconformist full of wild ideas about the universe. The boisterous Feynman was a cautious physicist who believed only what could be tested. Yet they were complementary spirits.


A biography of two mad geniuses
 By Philomath on 101917
By: Paul Halpern

An Introduction to Information Theory
 Symbols, Signals and Noise
 By: John R. Pierce
 Narrated by: Kyle Tait
 Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Behind the familiar surfaces of the telephone, radio, and television lies a sophisticated and intriguing body of knowledge known as information theory. This is the theory that has permitted the rapid development of all sorts of communication, from color television to the clear transmission of photographs from the vicinity of Jupiter. Even more revolutionary progress is expected in the future.


Not bad, but...
 By Jane Doe on 062620
By: John R. Pierce

A Tour of the Calculus
 By: David Berlinski
 Narrated by: Dennis Holland
 Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Were it not for the calculus, mathematicians would have no way to describe the acceleration of a motorcycle or the effect of gravity on thrown balls and distant planets, or to prove that a man could cross a room and eventually touch the opposite wall. Just how calculus makes these things possible and in doing so finds a correspondence between real numbers and the real world is the subject of this dazzling book by a writer of extraordinary clarity and stylistic brio.


Top Poet among Mathemeticians
 By Kindle Customer on 052714
By: David Berlinski

How Numbers Work
 Discover the strange and beautiful world of mathematics
 By: New Scientist
 Narrated by: Mark Elstob
 Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Think of a number between one and 10. No, hang on, let's make this interesting. Between zero and infinity. Even if you stick to the whole numbers, there are a lot to choose from  an infinite number in fact. Throw in decimal fractions, and infinity suddenly gets an awful lot bigger (is that even possible?). And then there are the negative numbers, the imaginary numbers, the irrational numbers like pi which never end. It literally never ends.


Great for us fuzzywordy people
 By Philo on 040318
By: New Scientist

Calculating the Cosmos
 How Mathematics Unveils the Universe
 By: Ian Stewart
 Narrated by: Dana Hickox
 Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the finetuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid.


The Narrator's Dilemma
 By R. Yu on 121816
By: Ian Stewart

Beyond Infinity
 An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics
 By: Eugenia Cheng
 Narrated by: Moira Quirk
 Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
In Beyond Infinity, musician, chef, and mathematician Eugenia Cheng takes listeners on a startling journey from math at its most elemental to its loftiest abstractions. Beginning with the classic thought experiment of Hilbert's hotel  the place where you can (almost) always find a room, if you don't mind being moved from room to room over the course of the night  she explores the wild and woolly world of the infinitely large and the infinitely small.


Overflowing With Needless Examples & Anecdotes
 By Richard Redano on 042217
By: Eugenia Cheng

Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
 By: Lee Smolin
 Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
 Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
In Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, Lee Smolin provides an accessible overview of the attempts to build a final "theory of everything." He explains in simple terms what scientists are talking about when they say the world is made from exotic entities such as loops, strings, and black holes and tells the fascinating stories behind these discoveries: the rivalries, epiphanies, and intrigues he witnessed firsthand.


Physics still in trouble
 By Philomath on 110918
By: Lee Smolin

Sync
 How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
 Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.


Engaging, but maybe better suited for nonaudio
 By Ryan on 052612
By: Steven Strogatz

Lost in Math
 How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
 By: Sabine Hossenfelder
 Narrated by: Laura Jennings
 Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: Observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria.


A rare glimpse into the inner world of physics
 By Joe on 120818
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.
More from the same
What listeners say about A Most Elegant Equation
Reviews  Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Overall

Performance

Story
 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!
9 people found this helpful

Overall

Performance

Story
 Kindle Customer
 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.
9 people found this helpful

Overall

Performance

Story
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
4 people found this helpful

Overall

Performance

Story
 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.
4 people found this helpful

Overall

Performance

Story
 Sooch San Souci
 111718
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...
2 people found this helpful

Overall

Performance

Story
 Charlotte A. Hu
 041219
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 nonmath 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.
1 person found this helpful

Overall

Performance

Story
 F. Ali
 040819
confusing
the math is a bit confusing, but for an audio book I guess that's expected
1 person found this helpful

Overall

Performance

Story
 Amazon Customer
 041820
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.

Overall

Performance

Story
 ryan geltz
 061619
Great book!
Wonderful book to help engineers see the mathematics behind Eulers equation that is used so often in engineering but rarely understood.

Overall

Performance

Story
 ImStillThinking
 050519
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.

Overall

Performance

Story
 Dale Linney
 041220
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.

Overall

Performance

Story
 Some Guy
 072019
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.

Overall

Performance

Story
 Mick
 071620
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.

Overall

Performance

Story
 David Sapsford
 042718
Entertaining
Facinating narative and well constructed story; well read and the mathematics was easy to visualise.