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Publisher's Summary
Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. And for over 2,000 years, geometry has been equated with Euclid's Elements, arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics. In The King of Infinite Space, renowned mathematics writer David Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements. Berlinski shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers from Copernicus to Newton to Einstein have relied on Euclid's axiomatic system, a method of proof still taught in classrooms around the world. Euclid's use of elemental logic  and the mathematical statements he and others built from it  have dramatically expanded the frontiers of human knowledge.
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 Anonymous User
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proof of the proof
Another verse in a long line. Well spoken colorful ideas. Beautiful constructions.
if Euclid was a set of one and the rambling brambling scrambling that Euclid executes to execute ideas are a waste of time there would be no list of terms to be associated with non sense ideas such as no thing = 0 rather than an idea of a complete set. aka the complete set defined by the complete set of sets 3.14159 {π}∆π or there about s.
thought experiment
{π}π{π} three pies nice
πππππ see how they run
if 0 is the complete set as in
0123456789
10
where 1 is the counter and 0 is the complete set 10
then
100 is how many complete sets of complete sets.
if that gives you a headache, take a 3.14159
Advil or your favorite hemlock and do not imagine that we used to know we were a base 3.14159 system before we became a base some 3.14259 multiple of us.
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In this fascinating history spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton offers a lively defense of science, revealing why the Scientific Revolution was truly the greatest event in our history. The Invention of Science goes back 500 years in time to chronicle this crucial transformation, exploring the factors that led to its birth and the people who made it happen. Wootton argues that the Scientific Revolution was actually five separate yet concurrent events that developed independently.


A Good Read Spoiled
 By David A. Donnelly on 122316
By: David Wootton

The Golden Ratio
 The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
 By: Mario Livio
 Narrated by: Mel Foster
 Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
 Unabridged

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Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887.... This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio", was discovered by Euclid more than 2,000 years ago. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places.


Tedious Listen
 By Amanda Halsdorff on 102514
By: Mario Livio

The Devil's Delusion
 Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions
 By: David Berlinski
 Narrated by: Dennis Holland
 Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
 Unabridged

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Militant atheism is on the rise. In recent years, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have produced a steady stream of bestselling books denigrating religious belief. These authors are merely the leading edge of a larger movement that includes much of the scientific community. In response, mathematician David Berlinski, himself a secular Jew, delivers a biting defense of religious thought.


Riddled With Problems
 By Ben on 110113
By: David Berlinski

The Landscape of History
 How Historians Map the Past
 By: John Lewis Gaddis
 Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
 Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
 Unabridged

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What is history, and why should we study it? Is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? One of the most accomplished historians at work today, John Lewis Gaddis, answers these and other questions in this short, witty, and humane book. The Landscape of History provides a searching look at the historian's craft as well as a strong argument for why a historical consciousness should matter to us today.


Absolutely fascinating book!
 By Alexander on 090217

Is God a Mathematician?
 By: Mario Livio
 Narrated by: Tom Parks
 Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
 Unabridged

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Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that  mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true.


Origins of Mathematics
 By Rick B on 070821
By: Mario Livio