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Is a line composed of limitlessly tiny parts? To some of us, it might seem an self-evident point; to others, a trifling one; but to seventeenth century theologians and philosophers, it marked a mathematical disagreement that if seen one way could undermine the solidity of heaven and earth. In Infinitesimal, historian and mathematician Amir Alexander (Geometrical Landscapes) recaptures the high stakes in a debate that now, especially with the advent of calculus, seems elementary. A dramatic, fast-paced look back at a time when mathematics meant something in a very different way.