Stephen Hawking’s ability to make science understandable and compelling to a lay audience was established with the publication of his first book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold nearly 10 million copies in 40 languages. Hawking has authored or participated in the creation of numerous other popular science books, including On the Shoulders of Giants and The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants.
God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed Historyby Stephen Hawking
Bestselling author and physicist Stephen Hawking explores the "masterpieces" of mathematics, 25 landmarks spanning 2,500 years and representing the work of 15 mathematicians, including Augustin Cauchy, Bernard Riemann, and Alan Turing. This extensive anthology allows readers to peer into the mind of genius by providing them with excerpts from the original
Bestselling author and physicist Stephen Hawking explores the "masterpieces" of mathematics, 25 landmarks spanning 2,500 years and representing the work of 15 mathematicians, including Augustin Cauchy, Bernard Riemann, and Alan Turing. This extensive anthology allows readers to peer into the mind of genius by providing them with excerpts from the original mathematical proofs and results. It also helps them understand the progression of mathematical thought, and the very foundations of our present-day technologies. Each chapter begins with a biography of the featured mathematician, clearly explaining the significance of the result, followed by the full proof of the work, reproduced from the original publication.
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One of the pre-eminent physicists of our time selects and comments on the greatest mathematical results ever. The selection of results is perfect, but the commentary is flawed, fatally in places. The worst example I found is in the commentary on Galois. There, Hawking writes, 'To be brief, Galois demonstrated that the general polynomial of degree n could be solved by radicals if and only if every subgroup N of the group of permutations Sn is a normal subgroup. Then he demonstrated that every subgroup of Sn is normal for all n≤ 4 but not for any n 5.' Never mind the typo that would leave the reader wondering about the case n=5. Not every subgroup of S3 or S4 is normal, so this explanation is factually inaccurate. Personally, I wouldn't buy this book until a new edition is released that corrects errors such as these.