7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Covers basic calculus in an exceptionally irritating way.,
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This review is from: A Tour of the Calculus (Paperback)
Berlinski has clearly decided that he wants to avoid the stereotypical mathematical tradition that has texts be as terse as possible. He has erred too far in the other direction. Good science writing doesn't need to imagine Leibniz groping serving maids. It doesn't need to invent overly elaborate language and metaphors.
At least the technical stuff is basically good. I liked his description of what continuous-ness is all about, and the (presumably fictionalised) accounts of teaching the material to small classes are quite entertaining.