God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History

God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History


By (author) Stephen Hawking


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  • Publisher: PERSEUS BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 1376 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 229mm x 53mm | 1,315g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Reading, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0762430044
  • ISBN 13: 9780762430048
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New
  • Sales rank: 106,966

Product description

Bestselling author and physicist Stephen Hawking explores the "masterpieces" of mathematics, 25 landmarks spanning 2,500 years and representing the work of 15 mathematicians, including Augustin Cauchy, Bernard Riemann, and Alan Turing. This extensive anthology allows readers to peer into the mind of genius by providing them with excerpts from the original mathematical proofs and results. It also helps them understand the progression of mathematical thought, and the very foundations of our present-day technologies. Each chapter begins with a biography of the featured mathematician, clearly explaining the significance of the result, followed by the full proof of the work, reproduced from the original publication.

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Author information

Stephen Hawking's ability to make science understandable and compelling to a lay audience was established with the publication of his first book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold nearly 10 million copies in 40 languages. Hawking has authored or participated in the creation of numerous other popular science books, including On the Shoulders of Giants and The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants.

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"God created the integers, all the rest is the work of man."