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Euclid's Window By Leonard Mlodinow

Euclid's Window
by Leonard Mlodinow

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This title leads the reader on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to notions of Hyperspace. The narrative takes the form of biographical stories about the key figures in the development of geometry.
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Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow

Leonard Mlodinow leads us on a delightful journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of Hyperspace. His narrative takes the form of biographical stories, each about the key figures inthe development of geometry, from Euclid to Albert Einstein to the scientists of today. Here is an altogther refreshing and alternative history of math, revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space - in the living room or some other galaxy - have been the hidden engines of the highest achievements in science and technology.

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About Leonard Mlodinow


Leonard Mlodinow has a PhD, has been a member of the facaulty of the California Institute of Technology, a television writer in Hollywood, as well as developing many award winning CD-Roms. He is Vice President of Emerging Technologies and r&D at Scholastic Inc and lives in New York city.

Table of Contents


Part 1 The story of Euclid: the first revolution; the geometry of taxation; among the seven sages; the secret society; Euclid's manifesto; a beautiful woman, a library and the end of civilization. Part 2 The story of Descartes: the revolution in place; the origin of latitude and longitude; the legacy of the rotten Romans; the discreet charm of the graph; a soldier's story; iced by the Snow Queen. Part 3 The story of Gauss: the curved space revolution; the trouble with Ptolemy; a Napoleonic hero; the fall of the fifth postulate; lost in hyperbolic space; some insects called the human race; a tale of two aliens; after 2,000 years, a face-lift. Part 4 The story of Einstein: revolution at the speed of light; relativity's other Albert; the stuff of space; probationary technical expert, third class; a relatively Euclidean approach; Einstein's apple; from inspiration to perspiration; blue hair triumphs. Part 5 The story of Witten: the weird revolution; ten things I hate about your theory; the necessary uncertainty of being; clash of the Titans; a message in a Kaluza-Klein bottle; the birth of strings; particles, schmarticles!; the trouble with strings; the theory formerly known as strings.

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GOR004298797
Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow
Leonard Mlodinow
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2002-01-31
320
071399634X
9780713996340
N/A
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