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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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very interesting, but too deep

very well read and interesting, but too technical in some areas. I know I'm not a scientist, so I didn't expect to understand some of it. The author spent a little bit too long on describing some subjects.

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  • 05-22-16

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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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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LOVED This

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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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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Simply great!

Fantastic combination of history and mathematical insight, told in a very engaging and humorous fashion.

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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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Good but not great

Maybe better as a normal book. As an audio book, it sometimes is annoying when the presenter rambles off long formulae or numbers (which is thankfully not too often).

The topic appears to skip around a bit and the change in historical interpretation of geometry from high-school math to mind-bending modern physics is offered mostly as a biography of those working on these topics over the past 2,500 years.

Overall: good but not great

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Great explanation of math evo based on geometry

Would you consider the audio edition of Euclid's Window to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Euclid's Window?

Seeing Einstein's vision of curved space and non-Euclidean geometry based on the evolution of math from the triangle.

Which character – as performed by Robert Blumenfeld – was your favorite?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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Some great background and stories about how math developed from the Geometry of the Ancient Greeks, through non-Euclidean Geometry of Gauss, Riemann, etc., which set the stage for the math of Relativity and Quantum theories. Fascinating listen on audiobook. Not many charts or graphs, so you wouldn't miss much by listening in the car.
And you can download the pdf of accompanying illustrations anyway.

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  • Ken
  • Boiling Springs, PA, United States
  • 12-01-13

Was this really the same author???

I really enjoyed Mlodinow's "The Drunkard's Walk" and I do recommend it to anyone. So it was a big surprise when I listened to "Euclid's Window." This book was very uneven. There were good chapters and weak chapters. Also, I felt like he was trying too hard to be humorous or "folksy." As I listened, I got the feeling that this was a much earlier book than "The Drunkard's Walk" and when I checked the publication dates, it was true. Mlodinow's "voice" is much better in his later writing compared to this book. The material here is good, for the most part, but how it is presented needed the firm recommendations of a good editor who might have made it more consistent and confident.

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