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# God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History

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In this collection of landmark mathematical works, editor Stephen Hawking has assembled the greatest feats humans have ever accomplished using just numbers and their brains.

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Hardcover, 1160 pages

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October 4th 2005
by Running Press Book Publishers

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(Original Review, 2005)

Random thoughts while attempting to read the book (the edition is shitty: it's full of typos)

In EM theory, which is Lorentz invariant, there's a relation between the magnitudes of the E and B fields for light (not if you use Planck units. The magnitudes of c and h tell you nothing about physics, but a lot ab ...more

Mar 06, 2012
London
rated it
it was amazing

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

Shelves:
science,
non-fiction

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

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

Compulsive book buying: 1 Efforts at elevating myself out of poverty: 0

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

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.

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.

May 23, 2008
Ron Moreland
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really liked it
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review of another edition

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!

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.

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.

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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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