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Author: David Stipp Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9781681688800
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Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt “as surely as poetry.” This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler’s death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler’s identity, or God’s equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections. It ties together everything from basic arithmetic to compound interest, the circumference of a circle, trigonometry, calculus, and even infinity. In David Stipp’s hands, Euler’s identity becomes a contemplative stroll through the glories of mathematics. The result is an ode to this magical field.

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  • “A smart, incisive account of Euler’s famous equation. It beautifully and seamlessly straddles the line between…the equation’s proof and its historical, scientific, and philosophical significance.”

    John Allen Paulos, author of A Numerate Life

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About the Author

David Stipp is a former senior writer for Fortune and a former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where he covered science, medicine, and technology. In 2006 he wrote a front-page story for the Wall Street Journal that broke the news that resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, induces anti-aging effects in mice. He lives in Boston.

About the Narrator

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.