Reading this brief, lively work is like sitting with the author in a French café with too many carafes of red wine and the smoke of hundreds of Gauloises swirling inside your head."
The New Yorker
Lively .Berlinski guides us through an austere world of shapes and numbers with enthusiasm, assurance, and mischievous humor. He presents difficult ideas in straightforward terms, even when he moves into the strange and forbidding realm of non-Euclidean geometry.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
In this brief, accessible foray, popular math/science writer Berlinski breathes life into an ancient mathematician and the world of axioms and theorems he createda geometric world that became the basis for much of modern math, from analytic geometry to the idea of curved space-time . Even the most math-averse [will] be enthralled by Berlinski’s rich, vibrant language . Berlinski’s book succeeds not only as a history of geometry but also as an exploration of the power of ideas, masterfully replacing cold abstraction with humor and humanity.”
Booklist, Starred Review
In writing at once geometrically precise and disarmingly conversational, Berlinski explores the imposing edifice that Euclid erected on a foundation of just five deceptively simple axioms . An impressively concise distillation of the wizardry that transforms points, lines, and planes into sheer genius.”
Berlinski has produced a volume that will entertain and enlighten many of today’s readerseven those who do not treasure their memories of geometry class.”
The Weekly Standard
Written with David Berlinski's characteristic mix of hothouse prose and standup comedy.”
[A] pared and elegant homage to the peerless geometer [Euclid] and his magnum opus.”
New York Journal of Books
For anyone who cares about Euclid, geometry, the philosophy of mathematics and most especially, for those who appreciate fine writing.”
"The King of Infinite Space is not a crib for the lazy student who can’t be bothered to read all 13 books of the Elements. Neither is it a line-by-line exegesis for the diligent student who wants help with specific propositions in Euclid. Instead Berlinski offers a meditative monologue on Euclid’s place in the history of mathematics and the history of ideas. Berlinski speaks to you one-on-one, taking you into his confidence, never preachy or teachy."
A playful yet deep excursus through Euclid’s Elements, from veteran mathematician Berlinski. It is a pleasure to follow the author as he grasps the logistical tail of Euclid’s mathematics and follows it to this day . It is a profound investigation, as math was synthesized and refined and Euclid broke out with his axiomatic system as a way of seeing, a way of life . The author’s storytelling is clear, crisp and emotive, and he brings Euclid’s little-known life alive.”