God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History

God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History

by Stephen Hawking (Editor)


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762430048
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Edition description: New
Pages: 1376
Sales rank: 298,181
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.12(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

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.


Cambridge, England

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1942

Date of Death:

March 14, 2018

Place of Birth:

Oxford, England

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God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are several glaring typographical errors. Also, the images in the book, which include many of the proofs and Greek, are not resized, so on the high-DPI Nook HD and HD+, they are improbably small and almost impossible to read. Those two oversights are a big deal in a book for which accuracy is the point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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&#8804 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.
tronella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a proper review, but some notes I made while reading this:Some reviewers have noted that this book only includes Western mathematicians. That's true, but the discussion of Euclid at least talks about the independent development of some of the principles of geometry and arithmetic in India. (That's about it, though.)In the Euclid chapter it's unclear to me if the commentary is from Hawking or from a translator.There's a lot of untranslated Greek, Latin, German...There's a weird number of exclamation marks in the biography sections. For example "When war broke out in September 1939, Turing left his Cambridge fellowship and immediately reported to the facility the GCCS had established in the small town of Bletcheley Park, the town where the rail line from Oxford to Cambridge intersected the main rail line from London to the north!" OMG!On the whole I'd skip this and just read the mathematicians' biographies on wikipedia or something.
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This book gives you the information that your math teacher never could. Hawkins describes the major events in the lives of the mathematicians who shaped modern mathematics. This book was so good i gave a copy to my pastor whom was math major in undergraduate school. Fills in the qeuations and proofs with real stories about the mathematicians.