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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Leonard Mlodinow is an outstanding scientific populariser. Makes it smooth yet marvelling to glimpse into the world of thought... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Javs
This book is everything that it promises to be. If you are interested in Mathematics and Science then I would strongly recommend you to read this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Francois Meyer
Well and clearly written with a touch of humor that makes the reading a pleasure. Not a difficult read.Published 2 months ago by Donald
Leonard Mlodnow’s Euclid’s Window successfully makes the most dreaded subject from 8th grade (geometry) interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jason LaMountain
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 6 months ago by amacust
This is another outstanding presentation from Leonard Mlodinow. A wonderful walk through History, Mathematics, Physics, and politics.Published 8 months ago by Charles M Phelps