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Militant atheism is on the rise. In recent years Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have produced a steady stream of best-selling books denigrating religious belief. These authors are merely the leading edge of a larger movement that includes much of the scientific community.In response, mathematician David Berlinski, himself a secular Jew, delivers a biting defense of religious thought. The Devil's Delusion is a brilliant, incisive, and funny book that explores the limits of science and the pretensions of those who insist it is the ultimate touchstone for understanding our world.
"An odd and tantalizing book by a writer who takes immense pleasure in this great mathematical tool, and tries to create it in others."--New York Times Book Review
From the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Advent of the Algorithm, here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts.
In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are.
Filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides on some of the most fascinating mathematicians through the ages, One, Two, Three is a captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics: how it originated, who thought of it, and why it matters.
Berlinski focuses on the ten most important breakthroughs in mathematical history–and the men behind them. Here are Pythagoras, intoxicated by the mystical significance of numbers; Euclid, who gave the world the very idea of a proof; Leibniz and Newton, co-discoverers of the calculus; Cantor, master of the infinite; and Gödel, who in one magnificent proof placed everything in doubt.
The elaboration of mathematical knowledge has meant nothing less than the unfolding of human consciousness itself. With his unmatched ability to make abstract ideas concrete and approachable, Berlinski both tells an engrossing tale and introduces us to the full power of what surely ranks as one of the greatest of all human endeavors.
The King of Infinite Space presents a rich, accessible treatment of Euclid and his beautifully simple geometric system, which continues to shape the way we see the world.
This book will not take the casual reader to the cutting edge of research. Nor is it meant to. What I am after in Black Mischief is the moment in which various lines in an intellectual field of force collect themselves into a kind of dense knot A number of otherwise sympathetic reviewers have suggested that my aim in Black Mischief was somehow to show the persistence of certain outmoded Newtonian forms of thought in economics, or psychology, or biology, or wherever. Not so. My intention has been to explore a tangle of connected concepts.”
Black Mischief is the cogent and absorbing story of an unusually fertile period in the contemporary science. Irreverent, witty, skeptical, and always informative, it is an anecdotal potpourri of scientific thought and the people who shaped it. Berlinski takes a protean look at the science establishment as well as the personalities behind the scenes in such fields as behavioral psychology, linguistics, and economics, and in so doing enlightens and entertains us beyond measure.
Por mais de 2 mil anos, a geometria esteve diretamente associada ao mais antigo e completo tratado matemático: Os elementos, obra máxima de Euclides de Alexandria que descreve um sistema de formas e espaços poderosíssimo, composto por linhas retas, círculos, quadrados, triângulos até números, proporções e teoria da magnitude.
Neste livro o professor, crítico e escritor internacionalmente reconhecido David Berlinski lança luz sobre vários aspectos da geometria euclidiana. E explora o universo de axiomas, teoremas e demonstrações criado pelo geômetra que se tornou a base de grande parte da matemática moderna e da forma como entendemos o mundo. Berlinski apresenta ainda as mais variadas interpretações da geometria de Euclides surgidas ao longo dos séculos até o desenvolvimento das geometrias não euclidianas.
Combinando brilhantemente matemática, história e filosofia, este livro fascinante é muito mais do que uma narrativa sobre Euclides e a geometria euclidiana. Ele é acima de tudo uma celebração ao poder das ideias.
"Para todos aqueles interessados por Euclides, geometria, filosofia da matemática e, sobretudo, que têm apreço por um bom livro. Berlinski apresenta ideias complexas em linguagem simples." New York Journal of Books
"O livro de Berlinski é um sucesso não apenas ao traçar uma história da geometria, mas também ao explorar o poder das ideias, substituindo magistralmente a abstração fria pelo humor e humanidade." Publishers Weekly
"David Berlinski nos guia através de um mundo rígido de formas e números com entusiasmo, segurança e humor." The New Yorker