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Journalism is not History of Ideas,
This review is from: Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea (Paperback)
This book is like a news paper report; whenever it deals with something with which I am familiar it is wrong or grossly misleading. So I assume the same when it deals with what I know not. Hence I find this book a completely useless piece of trash.
Obviously the idea of sexing up dossiers has its own history
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2010 13:56:21 BDT
N. Garvie says:
Any chance of some examples otherwise it sounds like a case of "if I disagree with this book it is wrong because I say it is". To help a buying decision examples are needed
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2011 09:08:07 BDT
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R. Larham says:
Almost everything about Greek and Hellenistic mathematics in this book is at variance with other histories of mathematics, with no references to support the author's thesis against the usual view.
To be specific in the section on Zeno's paradoxes the author claims that the Greeks could not sum an infinite geometric series, but we know that Archimedes (and possible some of his predecessors) could and did.
This suggests poor research which calls into question the standard of research of the rest of the book, which is just a rewording of what I wrote in the review.
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