One, Two, Three by David Berlinski audiobook

One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics

By David Berlinski
Read by Byron Wagner

Random House Audio 9780375423338
6.58 Hours Unabridged
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From the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Advent of the Algorithm, here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts.   In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are.   Filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides on some of the most fascinating mathematicians through the ages, One, Two, Three is a captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics: how it originated, who thought of it, and why it matters.

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From the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus and The Advent of the Algorithm, here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts.
 
In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are.
 
Filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides on some of the most fascinating mathematicians through the ages, One, Two, Three is a captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics: how it originated, who thought of it, and why it matters.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

With wit and philosophy, with the clash of symbols and history, Berlinski displays the inner soul of simple arithmetic. Philip J. Davis, professor emeritus of applied mathematics, Brown University
With broad culture and wry humor, Berlinski takes a look at some basic concepts in math and the people who worried about them. A treat! Gregory Chaitin, author of Meta Math!
[A] tour de force by a mathematician who wants the intellectually curious and logically minded . . . to understand the foundations and beauty of one of the major branches of mathematics. Kirkus Reviews
Berlinski here discusses the ‘commons’ of mathematics: natural numbers, zero, negative numbers, and fractions…. The seamless integration of broader contextual ideas brings his writing to life. Library Journal

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Author Bio: David Berlinski

Author Bio: David Berlinski

David Berlinski is an American philosopher, educator, and author. He is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, the hub of the intelligent design movement. A critic of the theory of evolution, Berlinski is theologically agnostic and refuses to theorize about the origins of life. He has written on philosophy, mathematics, and a variety of fictional works. His daughter, Claire Berlinski, is a well-known journalist.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English