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Author Alexander, Amir R., author.

Title Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world / Amir Alexander.

Publication Info. New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    511 ALE    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    511 ALE    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction    511 ALE    Available
 PAS Hill Avenue Branch Non-Fiction    511 ALE    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I. The war against disorder: the Jesuits against the infinitely small. 1. The children of Ignatius ; 2. Mathematical order ; 3. 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. Thomas Hobbes, geometer ; 8. Who was John Wallis? ; 9. Mathematics for a new world -- Epilogue: two modernities.
Summary Explores "the epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it. On August 10, 1632, five leaders of the Society of Jesus convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Calculus -- History.
Geometry, Infinitesimal -- History.
Mathematics -- Europe -- History -- 16th century.
Mathematics -- Europe -- History -- 17th century.
Science, Renaissance.
ISBN 9780374176815 (hardback)
0374176817 (hardback)

 
    
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