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Author: David Berlinski Narrator: Byron Wagner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307932976
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Berlinski here discusses the ‘commons’ of mathematics: natural numbers, zero, negative numbers, and fractions…. The seamless integration of broader contextual ideas brings his writing to life. Library Journal
  • [A] tour de force by a mathematician who wants the intellectually curious and logically minded . . . to understand the foundations and beauty of one of the major branches of mathematics. Kirkus Reviews
  • With broad culture and wry humor, Berlinski takes a look at some basic concepts in math and the people who worried about them. A treat! Gregory Chaitin, author of Meta Math!
  • With wit and philosophy, with the clash of symbols and history, Berlinski displays the inner soul of simple arithmetic. Philip J. Davis, professor emeritus of applied mathematics, Brown University

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin | 9/19/2013

    " An entertaining jaunt through some important points in the history and philosophy of the most basic foundations in mathematics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/22/2013

    " Simple, lucid, euphonious and witty. Listening to the audio is both pleasant and intellectually satisfying for me. So many elegant turns of phrase that it feels almost like poetry to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crisanto | 9/10/2012

    " "...what is primitive and thus given, and what is civilized and thus made, find one another in contentment." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 8/19/2012

    " If you already love mathematics and are not a mathematician, you'll enjoy this. If not... not. I liked it, didn't love it. Berlanski gives the reader very interesting information, but is prone to both navel gazing and overstating a point for wits sake. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 5/12/2012

    " meh. couldn't get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 2/14/2012

    " Loved this book. In high school, math scared me, but this book really helped me understand the philosophy behind math. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 12/3/2011

    " Dr. Berlinski's little book was a pleasure to read. He managed to make book about elementary mathematics engaging and entertaining. Highly recommended. "

About the Author

David Berlinski is an American philosopher, educator, and author. He is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, the hub of the intelligent design movement. A critic of the theory of evolution, Berlinski is theologically agnostic and refuses to theorize about the origins of life. He has written on philosophy, mathematics, and a variety of fictional works. His daughter, Claire Berlinski, is a well-known journalist.

About the Narrator

Byron Wagner is an audiobook narrator and voiceover artist based in Los Angeles. He began his career in entertainment at age eight, performing as a magician and ventriloquist for children’s parties, then graduated to theater, radio, TV, and film. After living in the UK for several years, his continuing love of acting and reading have happily led him back to the other side of the studio glass, doing voice acting and narrating, directing, and producing audiobooks.