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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Berlinski Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781452682495
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Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. And for over two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid's Elements, arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics. In The King of Infinite Space, renowned mathematics writer David Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements. Berlinski shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers from Copernicus to Newton to Einstein have relied on Euclid's axiomatic system, a method of proof still taught in classrooms around the world. Euclid's use of elemental logic—and the mathematical statements he and others built from it—have dramatically expanded the frontiers of human knowledge. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Written with David Berlinski’s characteristic mix of hothouse prose and standup comedy.”

    The Weekly Standard

  • An impressively concise distillation of the wizardry that transforms points, lines, and planes into sheer genius. Booklist Starred Review
  • “[A] pared and elegant homage to the peerless geometer [Euclid] and his magnum opus.”


  • “Berlinski’s book succeeds not only as a history of geometry but also as an exploration of the power of ideas, masterfully replacing cold abstraction with humor and humanity.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An impressively concise distillation of the wizardry that transforms points, lines, and planes into sheer genius.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Arthur Morey’s gentle voice brings…a sense of grace.”


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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

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for the Audie Award. He has acted in a number of productions, both Off-Broadway in New York and Off-Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University.