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# Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

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*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 g...morePaperback, 308 pages

Published
April 9th 2002
by Free Press
(first published 2001)

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Writing - The writing itself is fine. The prose is concise, the jokes are acceptable, and the anecdotes are quaint. Definitions are usually good with periodic reminders.

Organization - Strictly...more

*European*geometry, by all means, I did lik...more

Back to the book: basically, this book is a history of our understanding of the structure of space (dimensions, curvature etc., in other words its "geometric" properties) starting from the Ancients (usual culprits, Pythagoras and Euclid) up to the latest scientific developments.

This book provides beautifully s...more

It broadened my horizons - I want to read books about physics now. I want to read about Feynman and Gauss and string theory.

I loved how the author interwove other parts of history with the discoveries in geometry. I appreciated the way in which he explained complex mathematical concepts in an almost anecdotal style.

I noticed how when describing theoretically what a physicist...more

There's a lot in this book. He covers early geometry by Pythagoras and Euclid, on to others like Descartes (and his predecessors), then on to people like Gauss and Riemann. He then discusses the impact of their work on Einstein whic...more

Looking at the development of mathematics and physics through the lens of geometry is a novel approach and led me to some better understanding of the subject matter than I brought in to the book.

I've been...more

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...more

The Witten chapter was extremely disappointing; we only get a sliver of his work (M-theory is mentioned, like, twice), and it is corrupted by Mlodinow's own personal pe...more

This book brings to life the names we have heard during our school days and some that we have not; Thales, Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes, Galileo, Descartes, Gauss, Riemann, Einstein, Feynman and many others. Their live...more

The premise is excellent and the book starts off well. However, the standard tendency of such books of the era to bring everything to relativity, quantum physics and superstring theory - may be because of far easier availability of topics in the space - means the book loses its interesting and unique subject quite quickly.

As a result, when it is compared with other books on either history of maths/science or that try to explain cosmology theoretically, it comes up with...more

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Leonard Mlodinow is a physicist and author.

Mlodinow was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1959, of parents who were both Holocaust survivors. His father, who spent more than a year in the Buchenwald death camp, had been a leader in the Jewish resistance under Nazi rule in his hometown of Częstochowa, Poland. As a child, Mlodinow was interested in both mathematics and chemistry, and while in high schoo...more

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Mlodinow was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1959, of parents who were both Holocaust survivors. His father, who spent more than a year in the Buchenwald death camp, had been a leader in the Jewish resistance under Nazi rule in his hometown of Częstochowa, Poland. As a child, Mlodinow was interested in both mathematics and chemistry, and while in high schoo...more

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