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Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander

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Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
Title
Infinitesimal
Title remainder
how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
Statement of responsibility
Amir Alexander
Title variation
How a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
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Language
eng
Summary
  • On August 10, 1632, five leaders of the Society of Jesus convened in a Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a radical idea-- that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The judges ruled that it was forbidden, setting off a war for the soul of the modern world. This is the story of the struggle that pitted Europe's entrenched powers against voices for tolerance and change. It takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes. The legitimacy of popes and kings, as well as our modern beliefs in human liberty and progressive science, hung in the balance. Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal will forever change the way you look at a simple line--and celebrates the spirit of discovery, innovation, and intellectual achievement.--
  • "The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it"--
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illustrations
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non fiction
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  • Jesuiten
  • Calculus
  • Geometry, Infinitesimal
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Science, Renaissance
  • 31.01 history of mathematics
  • SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Calculus
  • Geometry, Infinitesimal
  • Mathematics
  • Science, Renaissance
  • Europe
  • Infinitesimalrechnung
  • Infinitesimal calculus
  • Analysis (mathematics)
Label
Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Mathematical disorder ;
  • 4.
  • "Destroy or be destroyed" : the war on the infinitely small ;
  • 5.
  • The battle of the mathematicians.
  • Part II:
  • Leviathan and the infinitesimal:
  • 6.
  • The coming of Leviathan ;
  • 7.
  • Introduction.
  • Thomas Hobbes, geometer ;
  • 8.
  • Who was John Wallis? ;
  • 9. Mathematics for a new world.
  • Epilogue: Two modernities.
  • Dramatis personae ;
  • Time line ;
  • Notes ;
  • Acknowledgments ;
  • Index
  • Part I:
  • The war against disorder : the Jesuits against the infinitely small:
  • 1.
  • The children of Ignatius ;
  • 2.
  • Mathematical order ;
  • 3.
Control code
846545899
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9780374176815
Lccn
2013033923
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 505, 520
Other control number
99958279382
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)846545899
Label
Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Mathematical disorder ;
  • 4.
  • "Destroy or be destroyed" : the war on the infinitely small ;
  • 5.
  • The battle of the mathematicians.
  • Part II:
  • Leviathan and the infinitesimal:
  • 6.
  • The coming of Leviathan ;
  • 7.
  • Introduction.
  • Thomas Hobbes, geometer ;
  • 8.
  • Who was John Wallis? ;
  • 9. Mathematics for a new world.
  • Epilogue: Two modernities.
  • Dramatis personae ;
  • Time line ;
  • Notes ;
  • Acknowledgments ;
  • Index
  • Part I:
  • The war against disorder : the Jesuits against the infinitely small:
  • 1.
  • The children of Ignatius ;
  • 2.
  • Mathematical order ;
  • 3.
Control code
846545899
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9780374176815
Lccn
2013033923
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 505, 520
Other control number
99958279382
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)846545899

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