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This is not just a history of geometry--it's a timeline of reason and abstraction, with all the major players present: Euclid, Descartes, Gauss, Einstein, and Witten, each represented by a minibiography.
Lots of examples pepper the narrative to help readers achieve their own "eureka!" And it's impossible not to be staggered at the mathematical feats of these geniuses, accomplished as many of them were in the absence of anything but observation and intense thought. Each story builds satisfactorily on the last, until at the end of this delightful book, one has a sense of having climbed a peak of understanding.
A working knowledge of basic geometry is helpful but not essential for enjoying Euclid's Window, and Mlodinow's chatty style lends itself remarkably well to explaining these deep and revolutionary concepts. --Adam Fisher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a very good book, much better than I expected. I thought it would be more like a college mathematics text book. Instead it is more like a novel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by amacust
This is another outstanding presentation from Leonard Mlodinow. A wonderful walk through History, Mathematics, Physics, and politics.Published 4 months ago by Charles M Phelps
A great book, especially if you are curious about modern physics and how it intertwines with mathematics.Published 4 months ago by Vadim Bendebury
I enjoyed this, and like to think I understand some of the concepts a it better after reading the text. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rex Keene
it is truly an exciting ride to watch the development of math throughout history.It's more than just math.It'sculture and society developeing right along side. What a fun read!Published 11 months ago by vince mcgee
I was excited when I found this book, saw a 4-star average from 58 reviews, and didn't bother reading the negative reviews. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James D. Beebe
I loved Mlodinow's "A Drunkard's Walk" and have read portions of it many times. So I approached this one with keen anticipation, only to be disappointed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert P. Heaney
The history of science is threated by Mlodinow in a singular way. Also the style of the writer respects the new ideas about the diffusion of the scientiphic knowledge. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Edoardo Angeloni