The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

by David Berlinski

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ISBN-13: 9780465065714
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,285,612
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Berlinski holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught mathematics and philosophy at universities in the United States and in France. He is the bestselling author of such books as A Tour of the Calculus, The Advent of the Algorithm, and Newton's Gift. A senior fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle and a former fellow at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Berlinski writes frequently for Commentary, among other journals.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

I Signs of Men 1

II An Abstraction from the Gabble 11

III Common Beliefs 19

IV Darker by Definition 33

V The Axioms 45

VI The Greater Euclid 57

VII Visible and Invisible Proof 77

VIII The Devil's Offer 91

IX The Euclidean Joint Stock Company 117

X Euclid the Great 147

Teacher's Note 155

A Note on Sources 157

Appendix: Euclid's Definitions 159

Index 163

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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 created—a 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.”

Kirkus Reviews
“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.”

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The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
dfn1 More than 1 year ago
I can't tell who the audience is for this haughtily written book. If you know a lot about geometry, and something about non-Euclidian geometry, you will at least be able to follow along, but this sketchy account will probably not add to your knowledge. If you are less knowledgeable, there is not enough here to help you much. In either case, you will have to endure the author's style, which seems intent on showing that he knows the subject, even though he is not going to put down enough to allow the reader to learn from him. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I
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