God Created the Integers : The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History Paperback
GOD CREATED THE INTEGERS is Stephen Hawking's personal choice of the greatest mathematical works in history.
He allows the reader to peer into the mind of genius by providing us with excerpts from original mathematical proofs and results.
He also helps us understand the progression of mathematical thought, and the very foundations of our presentday technologies.
The book includes landmark discoveries spanning 2500 years and representing the work of mathematicians such as Euclid, Georg Cantor, Kurt Godel, Augustin Cauchy, Bernard Riemann and Alan Turing.
Each chapter begins with a biography of the featured mathematician, clearly explaining the significance of the result, followed by the full proof of the work, reproduced from the original publication, many in new translations.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1184 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/09/2006
- Category: History of mathematics
- ISBN: 9780141018782
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Review by tronella
Not a proper review, but some notes I made while reading this:Some reviewers have noted that this book only includes Western mathematicians. That's true, but the discussion of Euclid at least talks about the independent development of some of the principles of geometry and arithmetic in India. (That's about it, though.)In the Euclid chapter it's unclear to me if the commentary is from Hawking or from a translator.There's a lot of untranslated Greek, Latin, German...There's a weird number of exclamation marks in the biography sections. For example "When war broke out in September 1939, Turing left his Cambridge fellowship and immediately reported to the facility the GCCS had established in the small town of Bletcheley Park, the town where the rail line from Oxford to Cambridge intersected the main rail line from London to the north!" OMG!On the whole I'd skip this and just read the mathematicians' biographies on wikipedia or something.