God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History Hardcover – 13 Sep 2005
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"God created the integers, all the rest is the work of man."
About the Author
Stephen Hawking is, like Sir Isaac Newton before him, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books, including the phenomenally successful A Brief History of Time which has sold over 10 million copies in 40 different languages.
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But perhaps part of what we are paying for is the fact someone has selected what they considered to be the important works.
I was hoping for a bit more in the way of commentary/explanation. Saying that the sections I was interested in where Cauchy/Fourier/Riemann
Maybe its too early to tell I may need to spend more time reading it.
A book I did like was called "A History of Mathematics" by Boyers et al. A book that is available very cheaply now on Amazon (check out the review) and less formidable.
This book could have been even better with the addition of an index and cross-references, but it is outstanding value and has such depth I have to give it five stars.
This is not a book to be read from cover to cover, it is more of a reference book to be dipped into when the need arises.
It is also not the kind of book to answer all your mathematical enquiries because there are great gaps in the various mathematical disciplines presented in the book. However, it gives the reader an appreciation of what Integers are and how they can be manipulated by a set of rules we call mathematics. These rules are steadily evolving and increasing but Integers themselves are unchanging. They have both an abstract and real quality.
Despite its size and content, this book is eminently readable and I purchased it in the hope that it would fill in some of the gaps in my mathematical knowledge. Thirty years ago I obtained and Honors Degree which included mathematics. I found this academic subject particularly interesting but it was always my regret that I never really grasped the underlying theory of numbers, especially Integers.Read more ›
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bought it s a present for my physicist son - he loved it - and started reading it straight awayPublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by penny kerr-mckenna
Stephen Hawkings is an amazing scientist but the book is complex and the equations really hard to understand. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2012 by mopc
This is a great book, the works of some truely inspirational mathematicians are reprinted in one (maybe cumbersomely thick) book. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2010 by Mr. J. J. Prettyman
arrrived in time, slightly the worse for the journey, as it is very heavy and so had got a bit bent, but all in all pleased to have it.Published on 9 Jan. 2010 by Daphne Jowit
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