Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World

Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World

Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal celebrates the spirit of discovery, innovation, and intellectual achievement-and it will forever change the way you look at a simple line.

On August 10, 1632, five men in flowing black robes convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a deceptively simple proposition: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and infinitely tiny parts. With the stroke of a pen the Jesuit fathers banned the doctrine of… (more)

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

Collection: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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