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History of the Circle: Mathematical Reasoning and Physical Theory Hardcover – 1 Dec 1999
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An investigation of how past attempts by scientists to discover the perfect circle led to major discoveries of the physical universe. Throughout, the author emphasizes the concepts underlying the mathematical calculations presented, and how they link to real-life examples.
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Ernest Zebrowski is a Professor of Science at Southern University, Louisiana. He is author of Perils of a Restless Planet; Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters and of several science textbooksSee all Product description
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
9 August 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Great book for most of the us who knows at least a little bit of mathematics and who is interested in how the universe works: it gives you a lot to think about.
Kathleen Werner Millward
A DECIDEDLY PLEASANT JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF SCIENCE
22 January 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
44 people found this helpful.
The beauty of Ernest Zebrowski's book, A HISTORY OF THE CIRCLE, is that it was written for everyone, not just for science professors. The author never talks down to his readers. Clearly, Mr. Zebrowski is not just a superb scientist and mathematician: he is also a skilled writer, teacher, philospher, and historian. Like Lewis Thomas, he has a wonderful way of making science come alive. He transports you back into time and makes you feel as if you are right there watching some of the most intriging moments in human history unfold before your eyes. I learned so much from reading this book. You can pick up any chapter at random and find yourself captivated by a fascinating anecdote, a compelling biographical sketch, a thought-provoking question, or a delightful little tidbit of information. The author made me think about things I have never thought about before. Reading this book has given me a newfound appreciation for the importance of the circle as well as a newfound respect for the truly remarkable feats of our early scientists, mathematicians, and architects. So whether you're learning about the life of Albert Einstein or the death of Archimedes; whether you're trying to figure out why old fenceposts were deliberately spaced 9.417 feet apart or how how the ancient Egyptians could have possibly managed to erect thousands of 20-ton blocks 48 stories high; or whether you are discovering that an experienced hunter is often smarter than a computer or that terrified peasants rioted when the Gregorian calendar was adopted because they believed that the pope was actually stealing 10 days of their lives...you will enjoy reading, or even just skimming, A HISTORY OF THE CIRCLE. This book will change the way you look at nature: you will see things you never saw before. It might even change the way you look at yourself. I was delighted to discover, for example, that I was made of stardust, but I must say it was a bit unsettling to learn that I am now a tad older than the sun which, according to Mr. Zebrowski, is "barely middle-aged."
Just what I was looking for (and I didn't even know it!)
8 December 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
13 people found this helpful.
What a delightful discovery! This book served to effortlessly broaden my knowledge about applied mathematics. I have to recommend this book to all - and especially towards those, like myself, who are frustrated with our own mathematical ignorance... I am a bit of a compulsive book buyer and I don't always make an effort to read each book in my huge collection. I'm very happy I made the time to thoroughly read this one!
Looking For Pi Info? Its Not Here.
16 July 2001 - Published on Amazon.com
10 people found this helpful.
The first chapter BREIFLY addresses pi, so this not a good source for those of you that may have drawn the same conclusions about the title that I did. However, if you've ever wondered why there are 360 degrees in a circle and how that relates to time or other interesting trivia, this is a great source. I do recomend it to anyone with an intrest in the basic concepts of Physics which somehow work themseves in everywhere. The title would be more acurate if it removed "A History of the Circle" and just left it with "Mathmatical Reasoning and the Physical Universe" because it lacks far to much of the first subject.
6 August 2014 - Published on Amazon.com