The Fifth Postulate
How Unraveling a Two Thousand Year Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe
By (author) Jason Socrates Bardi
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Fifth Postulate by Jason Socrates Bardi
Book DescriptionThis is a deftly told tale of the 19th-century geniuses who solved the world's oldest unsolved math problem, sparking a disruptive scientific revolution. Euclidean geometry has been profoundly influential for centuries, but its Fifth Postulate (which asserts that two parallel lines will never intersect) eluded all attempts to prove it. What happened when three 19th-century mathematicians realized that there was no way to prove the Fifth Postulate and that it ought to be discarded - along with everything they'd come to 'know' about geometry? Jason Socrates Bardi shares the dramatic story of the moment that the tangible and easily understood world we live in gave way to the strange, mind-blowing world of relativity, curved space, and more. Jason Socrates Bardi (College Park, MD) is the author of "The Calculus Wars" (978-1-56025-992-3).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780470149096
(236mm x 155mm x 30mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publish Date: 17-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This vibrant and gripping history ultimately exposes how these twin mathematical giants (Newton, Leibniz) were proud, brilliant, at times mad, and in the end completely human.
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Author Biography - Jason Socrates Bardi
Jason Socrates Bardi, author of The Calculus Wars, holds master's degrees in both science writing and molecular biophysics from Johns Hopkins University.
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