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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 proo
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Hardcover, 1176 pages

Published
October 4th 2005
by Running Press

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Mar 06, 2012
London
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5 of 5 stars

Recommends it for:
Anyone interested in math or the history of math

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non-fiction,
science

Anyone interested in the history and evolution of math and science should pick up this monster tome. It's not a book you're likely to read front-to-back in order, nor necessarily even be able to follow all of the copious amount of equations presented without a very solid math background. However, Hawking explains the importance of each mathematicians accomplishments, gives a solid biography for each of them, and presents some of their most important work in its original form.

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Hawking's introductions are very interesting, and made me want to learn more about the history of math. But they're too rapid. Dim-witted readers of my ilk need to be coaxed through this stuff.

The stuff on the progression of ancient Greek mathematics is fascinating. The Pythagoreans had a philosophy wherein numbers, and relations ...more

This new book is a significant departure from his past design philosophy - he has compiled, edited, and presented some of the great works of mathematical history, with the intent of presenting the lay reader with some of the great and elegant proofs of ages past, from ...more

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Feb 21, 2012
Jenny Prince
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5 of 5 stars

Recommends it for:
mathematicians, bored peoples

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I haven't finished this yet - I wasn't even sure I wanted to check it out. I was perusing the math section to find some calculus texts and brush up before next term starts, and there it was: like Brian Greene's _The Fabric of the Cosmos_, it was too intriguing to ignore.

If you don't think math history can be interesting, I dare you to read the first page and a half.

If you don't think math history can be interesting, I dare you to read the first page and a half.

Jul 28, 2011
Michael Weaver
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This is a great collection of some of the more significant breakthroughs in theoretical mathematics. Though I appreciated how in the introduction he brought it back to the core and showed the sophistication of the Egyptians and Babylonians and went forward; I wish he had included Euler and Einstein.

The book flows well and is nicely structured, I enjoyed the biographies of the mathematicians and it was had all round fascinating content.

The final star was dropped due to lack of readability.

They serve to introduce over 1000 pages of math essays that are too ancient or too advanced to be of interest to most people.

This book must weigh close to 10 pounds. Still, you can finish the biographies in an evening. They're a good read.

I think most people only buy this book because of the shiny cover, and due to the complicated nature of the interior - they never finish it, but just att ...more

Sep 23, 2015
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Nov 24, 2015
Jill
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Great book!

I was lost by page 3. Then I scanned the rest of the book. I had hoped Hawking would explain some of these books in a more understandable way. Nope.

None of these types seem to believe in diagrams. It's all verbal descriptions which, if there is any ambiguity in the writing (which there was: Hawking needed a better editor), made it difficult/impossible to follow the mathematical descriptions and formulas.

Jun 24, 2008
Reid
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Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking goes through the most important mathematical realizations of all time. Extremely technical, but readable because of the historical background and discussion.

This book will open your eyes to the incredible order in every-day life, giving you new appreciation for the complexity in simpleness.

This book will open your eyes to the incredible order in every-day life, giving you new appreciation for the complexity in simpleness.

May 23, 2008
Ron Moreland
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4 of 5 stars
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Recommends it for:
Anyone with an interest in math

This book is an excellent resource for students if they want to know more about where a math concept came from. It also provides background knowledge to many of the mathematical concepts that students are going to encounter in a high school math class. From Algebra to Calculus and beyond it is an excellent tool and highly recommended!

Nov 02, 2013
Martin Hernandez
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3 of 5 stars
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Interesante libro que recoge los escritos originales de los matemáticos más importantes de todos los tiempos. No se dejen llevar por el nombre de "Hawking" como autor, su participación se limita a una breve introducción biográfica de cada autor, después vienen los textos originales...

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Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford, his father's old college. Ste
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