The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

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For more than two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid's Elements, the world's first mathematical treatise. The system of shapes and space it describes is at once so powerful and so natural that it has intrigued men and women for centuries, and continues to be taught in classrooms around the world. In The King of Infinite Space, David Berlinski pays homage to Euclid and the vision that he created, showing how Euclid has achieved a hold on our imagination for reasons that go beyond the details of his proofs. Euclid provided mathematicians with a way of life, a technique of proceeding from what must be assumed to what can be demonstrated. The circumstances under which Euclid composed the Elements remain largely unknown, and the details of his life have long since vanished. But through his masterpiece, Euclid—and the mathematical tradition he established—have achieved immortality. Written with Berlinski's characteristic lyricism and verve, The King of Infinite Space offers a rich, accessible treatment of Euclid and his Elements.

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David Berlinski holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught mathematics and philosophy at universities in the United States and in France. He is the bestselling author of such books as A Tour of the Calculus, The Advent of the Algorithm, and Newton's Gift. A senior fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle and a former fellow at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Berlinski writes frequently for Commentary, among other journals.

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The Wall Street Journal
Reading this brief, lively work is like sitting with the author in a French café with too many carafes of red wine and the smoke of hundreds of Gauloises swirling inside your head."

The New Yorker
Lively .Berlinski guides us through an austere world of shapes and numbers with enthusiasm, assurance, and mischievous humor. He presents difficult ideas in straightforward terms, even when he moves into the strange and forbidding realm of non-Euclidean geometry.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
In this brief, accessible foray, popular math/science writer Berlinski breathes life into an ancient mathematician and the world of axioms and theorems he created a geometric world that became the basis for much of modern math, from analytic geometry to the idea of curved space-time . Even the most math-averse [will] be enthralled by Berlinski's rich, vibrant language . Berlinski's book succeeds not only as a history of geometry but also as an exploration of the power of ideas, masterfully replacing cold abstraction with humor and humanity.”

Booklist, Starred Review
In writing at once geometrically precise and disarmingly conversational, Berlinski explores the imposing edifice that Euclid erected on a foundation of just five deceptively simple axioms . An impressively concise distillation of the wizardry that transforms points, lines, and planes into sheer genius.”

Library Journal
Berlinski has produced a volume that will entertain and enlighten many of today's readers even those who do not treasure their memories of geometry class.”

The Weekly Standard
Written with David Berlinski's characteristic mix of hothouse prose and standup comedy.”

Nature
[A] pared and elegant homage to the peerless geometer [Euclid] and his magnum opus.”

New York Journal of Books
For anyone who cares about Euclid, geometry, the philosophy of mathematics and most especially, for those who appreciate fine writing.”

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