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In his charming mathematical history, Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow asks "How do you know where you are?" This question and others about space and time grew out of simple observations of the environment by a select group of thinkers whose lives and brains Mlodinow dissects. Starting with Euclid geometry has flowed out over the centuries describing the universe and, Mlodinow argues, making modern civilization possible.
This is not just a history of geometry--it's a timeline of reason and abstraction, with all the major players present: Euclid, Descartes, Gauss, Einstein and Witten, each represented by a mini-biography.
Lots of examples pepper the narrative to help readers achieve their own "eureka!" And it's impossible not to be staggered at the mathematical feats of these geniuses, accomplished as many of them were in the absence of anything but observation and intense thought. Each story builds satisfactorily upon the last until at the end of this delightful book one has a sense of having climbed a peak of understanding.
A working knowledge of basic geometry is helpful but not essential for enjoying Euclid's Window, and Mlodinow's chatty style lends itself remarkably well to explaining these deep and revolutionary concepts. --Adam Fisher --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Michael Guillen author of "Five Equations That Changed the World" How often can you say that a book on math -- on math! -- is a real page-turner? Well, this one is. As engaging as a soap opera, as fascinating as a whodunit, as funny as the Sunday comics, Mlodinow's book is storytelling at its best. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
I completed another of Mlodinow's book, about probability and it was fantastic. This one has started the same and I've heard more about this book, so far so good.Published on 6 Aug. 2013 by Mr. S. Razvi
Geeky geeky geeky!.. BUT relatively funny and VERY interesting. Mlodinov always injects his own style onto proceedings, and this one is no different. Read morePublished on 24 April 2013 by A. Jolliffe
VEry readable book that takes you through the history of geometry with some interesting facts and insight. Read morePublished on 12 April 2013 by S J McGinness
This book is written by a narcissistic author who thinks he can explain the history of geometry ("from parallel lines to hyperspace") in a reader friendly way, but sadly fails in... Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2010 by C.R.