Euclid's Window

The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
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9781439135372
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Seiten:
320
Autor:
Leonard Mlodinow
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Adobe Digital Editions
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EPUB
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.Based on Mlodinow's extensive historical research; his studies alongside colleagues such as Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne; and interviews with leading physicists and mathematicians such as Murray Gell-Mann, Edward Witten, and Brian Greene, Euclid's Window is an extraordinary blend of rigorous, authoritative investigation and accessible, good-humored storytelling that makes a stunningly original argument asserting the primacy of geometry. For those who have looked through Euclid's Window, no space, no thing, and no time will ever be quite the same.
Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.
ContentsIntroductionI THE STORY OF EUCLID1. The First Revolution2. The Geometry of Taxation3. Among the Seven Sages4. The Secret Society5. Euclid's Manifesto6. A Beautiful Woman, a Library, and the End of CivilizationII THE STORY OF DESCARTES7. The Revolution in Place8. The Origin of Latitude and Longitude9. The Legacy of the Rotten Romans10. The Discreet Charm of the Graph11. A Soldier's Story12. Iced by the Snow QueenIII THE STORY OF GAUSS13. The Curved Space Revolution14. The Trouble with Ptolemy15. A Napoleonic Hero16. The Fall of the Fifth Postulate17. Lost in Hyperbolic Space18. Some Insects Called the Human Race19. A Tale of Two Aliens20. After 2,000 Years, a Face-liftIV THE STORY OF EINSTEIN21. Revolution at the Speed of Light22. Relativity's Other Albert23. The Stuff of Space24. Probationary Technical Expert, Third Class25. A Relatively Euclidean Approach26. Einstein's Apple27. From Inspiration to Perspiration28. Blue Hair TriumphsV THE STORY OF WITTEN29. The Weird Revolution30. Ten Things I Hate About Your Theory31. The Necessary Uncertainty of Being32. Clash of the Titans33. A Message in a Kaluza-Klein Bottle34. The Birth of Strings35. Particles, Schmarticles!36. The Trouble with Strings37. The Theory Formerly Known As StringsEpilogueNotesAcknowledgmentsIndex
Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.Based on Mlodinow's extensive historical research; his studies alongside colleagues such as Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne; and interviews with leading physicists and mathematicians such as Murray Gell-Mann, Edward Witten, and Brian Greene, Euclid's Window is an extraordinary blend of rigorous, authoritative investigation and accessible, good-humored storytelling that makes a stunningly original argument asserting the primacy of geometry. For those who have looked through Euclid's Window, no space, no thing, and no time will ever be quite the same.

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