The Fifth Postulate

The Fifth Postulate

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The great discovery that no one wanted to make It's the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and Euclidean geometry has been profoundly influential for centuries. One mystery remains, however: Euclid's fifth postulate has eluded for two thousand years all attempts to prove it. What happens when three nineteenth-century mathematicians realize that there is no way to prove the fifth postulate and that it ought to be discardeda€”along with everything they'd come to know about geometry? Jason Socrates Bardi shares the dramatic story of the moment when the tangible and easily understood world we live in gave way to the strange, mind-blowing world of relativity, curved space-time, and more. qJason Socrates Bardi tells the story of the discovery of non-Euclidian geometrya€”one of the greatest intellectual advances of all timea€”with tremendous clarity and verve. I loved this book.q a€”John Horgan, author, The End of Science and Rational Mysticism qAn accessible and engrossing blend of micro-biography, history and mathematics, woven together to reveal a blockbuster discovery.q a€”David Wolman, author of Righting the Mother Tongue and A Left-Hand Turn around the WorldHow Unraveling A Two Thousand Year Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe Jason Socrates Bardi ... Even his mother could not remember his exact birthday, but she did recall it was a Wednesday and that it was a certain numa€” ber of days removed from Easter. ... doing another set of calculations with the answers, and then adding the remainders together with the number 22 to give the date of Easa€” ter.

Title:The Fifth Postulate
Author:Jason Socrates Bardi
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2009-04-08


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