A Most Elegant Equation by David Stipp audiobook

A Most Elegant Equation: Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics

By David Stipp
Read by Sean Pratt

HighBridge, Highbridge Audio 9780465093779
5.03 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $29.99

    ISBN: 9781681688794

Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry." This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections. It ties together everything from basic arithmetic to compound interest, the circumference of a circle, trigonometry, calculus, and even infinity. In David Stipp's hands, Euler's identity becomes a contemplative stroll through the glories of mathematics. The result is an ode to this magical field.

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Summary

Summary

Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry." This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections. It ties together everything from basic arithmetic to compound interest, the circumference of a circle, trigonometry, calculus, and even infinity. In David Stipp's hands, Euler's identity becomes a contemplative stroll through the glories of mathematics. The result is an ode to this magical field.

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Editorial Reviews

“A smart, incisive account of Euler’s famous equation. It beautifully and seamlessly straddles the line between…the equation’s proof and its historical, scientific, and philosophical significance.” John Allen Paulos, author of A Numerate Life

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Author Bio: David Stipp

Author Bio: David Stipp

David Stipp is a former senior writer for Fortune and a former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where he covered science, medicine, and technology. In 2006 he wrote a front-page story for the Wall Street Journal that broke the news that resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, induces anti-aging effects in mice. He lives in Boston.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 5.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English