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.
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!