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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2003
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 had a really pleasant time doing it. You'll read things that you want to tell everyone you know, because Mlodinow makes them so interesting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2004
Structured along the lines of the "big man-style of history" (i.e. Euclid,Descrates, Gauss, Einstein and Edward Witten) this book takes us from theGreeks to Superstring (M-Theory) of the present. The explanations arevery clear and the historical elements are interesting and concise.
In a book of this size it can only be an introduction, of course, but itvery readable and contains mathematical details, where justified.
I would recommend The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene as an excellentcontinuation to the later chapters on Superstring and M-Theory.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2002
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you like maths and history this could be the book for you. I enjoyed it enormously , though I found it increasingly hard to understand as the book progressed and towards the end I felt the text wasn't as well put together - certainly the history side (which I fully understand...) wasn't as good as it was at the beginning.

I bought the book for my 13 year old son but ended up reading it myself, I think it would probably be more suited for a 17 year old studying maths who wants to put things in context. I will try the first couple of chapters on my son when I finish.

Having said that, it has whetted my appetite to look for similar types of book.

By the way if you do order it, make sure you watch the movie Agora with Rachel Weisz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2013
I bought this book thinking I would get a better understand of geometry as a result. In fact Mlodinow goes out of his way to avoid discussing technical aspects of geometry, so much so in fact that he ended up being slightly unhelpful to the reader.

What is clever is the drawing of a story path from Euclid through to modern theories about the universe using geometry as the means of travel and that idea did help me understand how physicists today are thinking about the universe. As ever with these books I was able to articulate the concepts to myself and others for about 24 hours after finishing reading before the ideas had slipped from my intellect.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2009
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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 12 November 2008
This is the sort of book I wish had been around before I went to university as it sets out some of the concepts around geometry that impact theoretical physics in an acccessible way. I now realise that glib lines such as 'parallel lines meeting at infinity' are way more subtle than they seem and that I now have lots of questions that I have noone to ask on what it all actually means.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2010
Fantastic book which I recommend you to read but please avoid the Kindle version due to the excellent footnotes being broken. Such a dissapointment after the author writing such great notes the publisher didn't even check they worked in ebook format :(
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on 24 April 2013
Geeky geeky geeky!.. BUT relatively funny and VERY interesting. Mlodinov always injects his own style onto proceedings, and this one is no different. Could have done with a proof-reader, though, as there are half a dozen or so typos which seem to have snuck through unnoticed.. tut tut..
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2002
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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