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5.0 out of 5 stars Through Euclid's Window Clearly
Fantastic. This is definitely one of the best lay science books I've had the pleasure of reading, and I read alot of scientific books. Clear, witty, down-to-earth, and written with a real understanding of how to present complex ideas in everyday language. Read this, and you can't help but learn and enjoy. You'll emerge the other end feeling you've bettered yourself and...
Published on 12 Mar 2003 by Neil Pearson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but....
the author saved no effort to make this book as fun as possible.If you are looking for some book about the historical development in geometry then this is the one. If you are looking for a book to explain the theory beyond this historical events then this book will fall short
Published on 24 May 2009 by Jafar Qutteineh


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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining romp through Geometry, 12 April 2013
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This review is from: Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
VEry readable book that takes you through the history of geometry with some interesting facts and insight. Leonard Mlodinow yet again shows how he can take challenging mathematical concepts and make them simple to understand whilst giving great anecdotes and insights
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5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, well written book about the history of geometry, 1 April 2002
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This book describes the history of geometry as if it was the stuff of audacious adventurers and bold explorers. Very well written indeed for such a potentially boring subject. I even had trouble putting the book down...
In the first three chapters the author explains the Greek origin of Euclidian geometry and its unchallenged use throughout the Dark Ages, the improvements made by Descartes in the 17th century and the struggles of 19th century German mathematicians to improve its fundamental flaws that resulted in non-Euclidian geometry. The last two chapters explain Einstein's theory of relativity as well as the unifying theory of strings and touch upon the role non-Euclidian geometry plays in them.
The details of the characters involved and their motivations in developing geometry make this book fascinating. The humouristic style of writing and the often hilarious examples make this book really enjoyable to read as well. A recommendation for anyone interested in mathematics and/or history !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful, 14 May 2001
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This book is insightful and elegent, having read it once I just had to buy it...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book for the Author, 13 Aug 2010
This review is from: Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
I'm writing this review from Work. It's Friday afternoon and I'm a bit bored. You know how it is when you become proficient at your job, things that used to excite you just wind you up. Your mind starts playing tricks and things that you find funny just make you appear silly. Well that's my take on this book. It's ok but I get the feeling its full of injokes for those that have a phd in maths or physics. Kind of like a private joke that the lay people can't join in with because there too busy scratching their heads trying to understand the poorly explained last paragraph. By the time it got to Einstein and Relativity I had to put it down and order something else to help me.

The theme that runs throughout the book is that any examples are explained using the author's kids, which quite frankly makes me want to.....aaargh!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not A Reader Friendly Book, 12 Sep 2010
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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 this attempt. Already on the first page of his introduction, he has it wrong by writing "That the masts and sails vanish first, Aristotle saw in a flash of genius, is a sign that the earth is curved". Must be "that the hull vanishes first", of course ... Moreover, the author repeatedly brings his own children Alexei and Nicolai onto the stage in a vain attempt to explain difficult theories, adding only more confusion in the mind of the reader. Whereas "string theory" is concerned, after reading this book I still don't have a clue what it is (and yet my IQ is 140 ...).
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