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God Created The Integers The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed History

Paperback
Rs 1280
Genre:Popular Science
Language : English
Published: 2006
Paperback
ISBN13:9780141018782
ISBN10:014101878X
Pages:1184
Dimensions:5.0 x 7.8 x 2.7 inches
Weight:820 g

About the Book

Bestselling author and physicist Stephen Hawking explores the "masterpieces" of mathematics, 25 landmarks spanning 2,500 years and representing the work of 15 mathematicians, including Augustin Cauchy, Bernard Riemann, and Alan Turing. This extensive anthology allows readers to peer into the mind of genius by providing them with excerpts from the original mathematical proofs and results. It also helps them understand the progression of mathematical thought, and the very foundations of our present-day technologies. Each chapter begins with a biography of the featured mathematician, clearly explaining the significance of the result, followed by the full proof of the work, reproduced from the original publication.

From the backcover

From using the internet to flying in a plane, playing the lottery to space travel, mathematics is at the heart of almost every aspect of the modern world. But what exactly are the discoveries that made these achievements possible? 

In God Created the Integers Stephen Hawking brings together his personal choice of the greatest mathematical works in history, spanning 2,500 years of pioneering achievement. From the geometry of Euclid through the calculus of Newton, from the probabilities of Laplace to the thought of Boole, here are the landmark mathematical masterpieces that overturned our view of the world.

With commentary from Hawking throughout, and including the original mathematical proofs and results - many in new translations this book allows us to peer into the mind of genius. It also helps us to understand the progression of mathematical thought, showing how each of these figures built on the work of their predecessors as far back as the Babylonians and Greeks, and how they are at the very foundations of our present-day technologies, constantly informing current research. Filled with details of the lives and times of each mathematician, this is an extraordinary insight into some of humanity's greatest achievements