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# The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematical Clash of All Time

"Now regarded as the bane of many college students' existence, calculus was one of the most important mathematical innovations of the seventeenth century. But a dispute over its discovery sowed the seeds of discontent between two of the greatest scientific giants of all time - Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz."

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"Today Newton and Leibniz are generally consider ...more

Paperback, 304 pages

Published
April 26th 2007
by Basic Books
(first published 2006)

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Still, this is a very sloppy book which would've benefited from some simple editing. I checked it out from the local library and was relieved to find that the person who checked it out before me actually went through with a blue pen and corrected the majority of Bardi's grammatical errors (the Bibliographical Essa ...more

But first: What is calculus? In simple terms, it’s the mathematics of changing values. In less simple terms, it’s the set of tools for calculating “momentary” values like acceleration, deceleration, or slopes of cu ...more

Me: "Nerds fighting? ...I'll just go watch the Big Bang Theory..."

Jokes aside, the Calculus Wars is actually quite interesting, however the chronology is a bit jumpy and can become hard to follow. On a different note, the book tries very hard to deceive you into believing it is soley about the Calculus Wars, when it is really more of a biographical intersection of the lives of Sir Issac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. As a reader, if I had a ...more

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Had to drop this like a hot potato when the author implied Leibniz had a way to square the circle. Do not read any book that claims this is possible, even if that reference does not actually have any bearing on the main points of the book. It shows that the general readership author does not understand the math he is attempting to writing about. (I also have a loathing of authors who use the first person singular in nonfiction works not about themselves. No one wants their opinions - just the fa
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