A LONG WAY FROM EUCLID by Constance Reid

A LONG WAY FROM EUCLID

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For anyone wanting a historical, for the most part non-mathematical but authoritative survey of the growth of the Queen of the Sciences from Euclid's Elements to Tarski's Theorem 3 and Turing's ""Machine"", this is an excellent book. It is essentially for those with a predilection if not for mathematics, at least for clear and logical thinking; and for those interested in seeing how it has been proven that there can be no end to mathematical problems -- for come what may in computer design, no machine will ever be able to duplicate a mathematician's intuition. Here, the development of mathematical concepts is interesting to read about because the author of the successful Introduction to Higher Mathematics is clearly concerned about giving lucid explanations of thoroughly understood material.

ISBN: 1153010585
Publisher: Crowell