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Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander

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Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
Title
Infinitesimal
Title remainder
how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
Statement of responsibility
Amir Alexander
Title variation
How a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it. On August 10, 1632, five leaders of the Society of Jesus convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world. Amir Alexander's Infinitesimal is the story of the struggle that pitted Europe's entrenched powers against voices for tolerance and change. It takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes. We see how a small mathematical disagreement became a contest over the nature of the heavens and the earth: Was the world entirely known and ruled by a divinely sanctioned rationality and hierarchy? Or was it a vast and mysterious place, ripe for exploration? The legitimacy of popes and kings, as well as our modern beliefs in human liberty and progressive science, hung in the balance; the answer hinged on the infinitesimal. Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal will forever change the way you look at a simple line--and celebrates the spirit of discovery, innovation, and intellectual achievement"--
  • "The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it"--
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DLC
Dewey number
511
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA24
LC item number
.A544 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/815/9780374176815/image/lgcover.9780374176815.jpg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: The war against disorder : the Jesuits against the infinitely small. The children of Ignatius ; Mathematical order ; Mathematical disorder ; "Destroy or be destroyed" : the war on the infinitely small ; The battle of the mathematicians -- Part II: Leviathan and the infinitesimal. The coming of Leviathan ; Thomas Hobbes, geometer ; Who was John Wallis? ; Mathematics for a new world -- Epilogue: Two modernities -- Dramatis personae -- Time line
Control code
1545364
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9780374534998
Lccn
2013033923
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1545364
  • (Sirsi) 1545364
  • (OCoLC)846545899
Label
Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/815/9780374176815/image/lgcover.9780374176815.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: The war against disorder : the Jesuits against the infinitely small. The children of Ignatius ; Mathematical order ; Mathematical disorder ; "Destroy or be destroyed" : the war on the infinitely small ; The battle of the mathematicians -- Part II: Leviathan and the infinitesimal. The coming of Leviathan ; Thomas Hobbes, geometer ; Who was John Wallis? ; Mathematics for a new world -- Epilogue: Two modernities -- Dramatis personae -- Time line
Control code
1545364
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9780374534998
Lccn
2013033923
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1545364
  • (Sirsi) 1545364
  • (OCoLC)846545899

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