The King of Infinite Space

The King of Infinite Space

Euclid and His Elements

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Baker & Taylor
Explores the origins and critical legacy of Euclid's influential book, "The Elements," while demonstrating how scientists and thinkers throughout history have relied on his axiomatic system to shape human understanding of the world.

Perseus Publishing
Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. And for over two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid’sElements, arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics InThe King of Infinite Space, renowned mathematics writer David Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements. Berlinski shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers from Copernicus to Newton to Einstein have relied on Euclid’s axiomatic system, a method of proof still taught in classrooms around the world. Euclid’s use of elemental logic—and the mathematical statements he and others built from it—have dramatically expanded the frontiers of human knowledge.

The King of Infinite Space presents a rich, accessible treatment of Euclid and his beautifully simple geometric system, which continues to shape the way we see the world.

Book News
Berkinski (mathematics and philosophy, various schools) considers Euclid's contribution to mathematics and, by extension, his influence on society. He begins by interpreting signs from Euclid about the meaning of geometry as it applies to Berkinski, observes an abstraction, gives common beliefs about Euclid and his work, shows that the work is actually darker by definition, gives the axioms an backs them up in a new way with visible and invisible proof, explains "the devil's offer, "exercises the Euclidian joint stock company, and elucidates Euclid's triumphant management of the elements of plane geometry. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The Princeton University professor and best-selling author of Newton's Gift explores the origins and critical legacy of Euclid's influential book, The Elements, while demonstrating how scientists and thinkers throughout history have relied on his axiomatic system to shape human understandings of the world.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9780465014811
Branch Call Number: 516.2 Berlinski 2013
Characteristics: xii, 172 pages : ills. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Euclid and his Elements


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Jun 11, 2013

This slim book might have been compiled from random thoughts jotted down on cards while the author enjoyed his morning coffee at a Starbucks. The cards were dropped into a shoe box; and later assembled and divided into arbitrary chapters by the publisher. I couldn't see any plan or goal. There's a lot of unexplained technical jargon. I quit at page 39. It's too bad as I really enjoyed Euclidean geometry in school.


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