This is a great book, the works of some truely inspirational mathematicians are reprinted in one (maybe cumbersomely thick) book. If you are looking for an introduction to maths or the history of maths this is the wrong book for you, Hawking has chosen a selection of interesting papers for the mathematically-minded to muse over and mavel at, most of us will be all too familure with Newton, Euler and Lorentz so they do not feature much, however not many of us will own a copy of 'elements' or the works of Descartes and reading the original proofs and words of Archimedes is a treat! Hawking guides you through the terminology and historical context as well as explaining the maths in modern language (x and y) alongside the original where required and giving a short introduction to the mathematicians bofore each section.
my only complaint is the the text changes size alot from page to page and is often very tiny! one page is also left in Latin which may act as a barrier for some I imagine!
Well done to the Professor for this insightful guide into the minds and works of the ancient and modern geniuses featured.
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