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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 The 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

Aber allein die ersten 150 Seiten waren für mich ein ganz neuer Blick auf ein Feld, das mich nie interessiert hat. Mlodinow schreibt äußerst unterhaltsam und liefert viele Einblicke in kulturelle und ges ...more

Typos aside, this is a fairly pedestrian stroll through the key (European) developments in geometry from antiquity to the 20th century. The anecdotes are quite dry, and the explan ...more

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In passing, Mr Moldinow mentioned the art perfected by schools and colleges in presenting Geometry as one of the most boring subjects. And also how he is going to change that view for his readers. That too with the help of minimal number of diagrams. Before I start, let me say that I belong to the same category of people who have been bored with Geometry. And so, when I read this passage, where he promises to show how interesting a subject Geometry is, I was naturally very excited. Even though I
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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

First, when it comes to pop-math books, I love that he attempts math, even if it is rhetorical. I can wish for someone to write a book with really hard stuff, but for now I appreciate that explains the logic and reasoning behind math. He also explains techniques well.

His humor is good. Some jokes fall flat, I thought, but overall I smiled and chuckled at some.

He talks about his sons a lot. Like, every example he ...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

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

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

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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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