Books by David Berlinski

Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"The author's storytelling is clear, crisp and emotive, and he brings Euclid's little-known life alive."
A playful yet deep excursus through Euclid's Elements, from veteran mathematician Berlinski (One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 2011

"'New math' for adults this is not. Rather, Berlinski delivers a tour de force by a mathematician who wants the intellectually curious and logically minded student to understand the foundations and beauty of one of the major branches of mathematics."
Philosopher and math populizer Berlinski (The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, 2008, etc.) takes on the challenge of explaining the logical foundation of the elementary operations of arithmetic. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"By which, one supposes, he means that a leap of faith is needed in the whole question of whether God exists, which should come as no news to anyone on either side of the question. Those concerned with that question will find better grist elsewhere."
An overwrought retort to Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins and company. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"Novices may be overwhelmed, but for the mathematically inclined, this is a real treat."
Not a formal history of math so much as a "good parts" version of that history. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"In a short account, Berlinski has wrought an astonishing synthesis—a sort of essential Newton for those not fearing to tread in mathematical waters."
An exuberant, enlightening account of Newtonian mechanics by Princeton mathematician turned mystery novelist and essayist (The Body Shop, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BODY SHOP by David Berlinski
Released: June 10, 1996

"What's he got to be so happy about, anyway?"
Has all-purpose misanthrope Aaron Asherfeld been mellowing too long in the California sun? Read full book review >
A TOUR OF THE CALCULUS by David Berlinski
Released: Jan. 25, 1996

"A worthy attempt to bring an important scientific concept to the general reader; too bad the execution falls short of the ambition."
Here's another attempt to bridge the gap between the ``two cultures'' of the humanities and the sciences, this time by a mathematician/mystery novelist. Read full book review >
LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE by David Berlinski
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"Dead men don't rape''); instead, relax and enjoy his rollicking, toothless satire of the easy marks of academe."
``Just keep me deniable on this,'' intones the president of the unnamed Bay Area university threatened with headlines after the medical examiner refuses to sign a death certificate for philosophy professor Richard Montague. Read full book review >
A CLEAN SWEEP by David Berlinski
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"You're so sure he'll follow the winding trail all the way to the money that you're almost pleased each time the guy comes up short."
San Francisco p.i. Read full book review >