Euclid's Window - Leonard Mlodinow

Euclid's Window

By Leonard Mlodinow

  • Release Date: 2010-09-28
  • Genre: Science & Nature
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 7 Ratings

Description

Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

Based on Mlodinow's extensive historical research; his studies alongside colleagues such as Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne; and interviews with leading physicists and mathematicians such as Murray Gell-Mann, Edward Witten, and Brian Greene, Euclid's Window is an extraordinary blend of rigorous, authoritative investigation and accessible, good-humored storytelling that makes a stunningly original argument asserting the primacy of geometry. For those who have looked through Euclid's Window, no space, no thing, and no time will ever be quite the same.

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Reviews

  • Crucial for the lay cosmological science buffs

    5
    By RJZatezalo
    If you love popular science books started by Stephen Hawking back in the day, this is for you. It was a whole new take on much that I had been reading but felt I was just on the cusp of understanding well. I couldn't put the book down. It read like a novel but with mind expanding results.
  • Bait and Switch

    1
    By Romans5:8
    This is not a book about Euclid or geometry or even really mathematics. Instead it's the author making his hatred of Christianity known using some math in between. It is poorly written and comes across as he really would have rather been a standup comedian. Which would be horrible if you were the audience as he is not funny. He is wrong on even basic notions of Christianity and the history surrounding it, which calls into question everything he writes about. Wish I had my money back. If you really want to read it go to the library as someone had to give their copy away to them.
  • Highly recommended

    5
    By R Ghosh
    I'm a senior standing Physics major at UCSD and while this is easy enough for the average person to read, I believe it is still very useful for those educated in advanced sciences and mathematics and that everyone will find it incredibly interesting.
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