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The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told through Equations Hardcover – 29 Apr 2012
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Quietly learned and beautifully illustrated, Mackenzie's book is a celebration of the succinct and the singular in human expression. -- "Nature
A fascinating and informative look behind the equations. -- Lucy Sussex, Sydney Morning Herald
[V]ery absorbing reading. . . . Two hundred pages, twenty-four equations, one endearing and well told story. I wholeheartedly recommend the book. --Alexander Bogomolny, CTK Insights
Quietly learned and beautifully illustrated, Mackenzie's book is a celebration of the succinct and the singular in human expression. -- "Nature A fascinating and informative look behind the equations. -- Lucy Sussex, Sydney Morning Herald [V]ery absorbing reading... Two hundred pages, twenty-four equations, one endearing and well told story. I wholeheartedly recommend the book. --Alexander Bogomolny, CTK Insights
Mackenzie s writing is understated and clear. The complex ideas he explains so lucidly are beautiful in themselves, but this book is physically beautiful too, imaginatively illustrated and stylishly designed to complement its subject. The printer s art survives in the digital age. --Tom Moriarty, Irish Times
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"Demanding very little prior mathematical knowledge, this is one of the best popular histories of mathematics in recent years. Dana Mackenzie's prose is lively and easy to read, and his mix of historical background and personal biographies of the main characters is engaging."--Eli Maor, author of The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History ande: The Story of a Number
"Dana Mackenzie is a very good writer. I was constantly amazed at his ability to describe complicated mathematics in a few sentences in a way that the average reader--not the average mathematician or the average math major, but the average reader--can understand. This is a very entertaining book."--David S. Richeson, author of Euler's Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology
"[A] terrific book. . . . [A] brilliant history of mathematics as told through equations."--Dick Lipton, Professor of Computer Science at Georgia TechSee all Product description
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I was surprised at how many equations I understood. The equations from antiquity (zero, square of the hypotenuse, pi, etc.) are easy to understand because they are so basic and even intuitive. My ancient education in calculus and geometry enabled me to understand the fundamental theorem of calculus and non-Euclidean geometries (except for varying curvature geometry, which I still fail to grasp). And my experience in geophysics allowed me to understand the beauty and utility of Fourier transforms. Which leaves most of the other 24 equations that I do not have the math skill to really understand. But because of the author’s skill as a communicator, my not being able to “do the math” did not interfere with my ability to appreciate the importance and poetry of the equation.