God Created The Integers, Paperback book

God Created The Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History [Paperback]

by Stephen Hawking

3.00 out of 5 (1 ratings)

The Perseus Books Group 
Publication Date:
18 September 2007 
Business Mathematics & Systems 


Bestselling author and physicist Stephen Hawking explores the "masterpieces" of mathematics, 25 landmarks spanning 2,500 years and representing the work of 15 mathematicians, including Augustin Cauchy, Bernard Riemann, and Alan Turing. This extensive anthology allows readers to peer into the mind of genius by providing them with excerpts from the original mathematical proofs and results. It also helps them understand the progression of mathematical thought, and the very foundations of our present-day technologies. 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.

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  • Stephen Hawking is famous for both his expertise in the field of modern physics, and for popularizing the most recent discoveries for the lay audience. He said about his latter books, "For every equation I put in, sales are halved."<br/><br/>This new book is a significant departure from his past design philosophy - he has compiled, edited, and presented some of the great works of mathematical history, with the intent of presenting the lay reader with some of the great and elegant proofs of ages past, from Archimedes to Alan Turing. <br/><br/>There is one glaring flaw - whoever edited the book has made numerous errors - not only typos, but in the actual proofs and formulas and equations themselves! It will be difficult enough for most people to follow these lines of work if they are correct, but some of these mistakes are just nonsensical! <br/><br/>This could be a much better book than it is. I humbly suggest Professor Hawking should switch his Moog synthesizer to a stern voice and give the editors a good dressing down, for mangling the work of his distinguished forebearers.

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