Shifting the Earth: The Mathematical Quest to Understand the by Arthur Mazer

By Arthur Mazer

observe how arithmetic and technological know-how have propelled historical past

From historic Greece to the Enlightenment after which directly to sleek occasions, transferring the Earth: The Mathematical Quest to appreciate the movement of the Universe takes readers on a trip influenced via the need to appreciate the universe and the movement of the heavens. the writer provides a thought-provoking depiction of the sociopolitical setting during which the most sought after scientists in background lived after which offers a mathematical account in their contributions.

From Eudoxus to Einstein, this interesting ebook describes how, starting in precedent days, pioneers within the sciences and arithmetic have dramatically replaced our imaginative and prescient of who we're in addition to our position within the universe. Readers will become aware of how Ptolemy's geocentric version developed into Kepler's heliocentric version, with Copernicus because the serious middleman. the writer explains how one medical leap forward set the level for the following one, and he additionally areas the scientists and their discoveries in the context of background, including:

  • Archimedes, Apollonius, and the Punic Wars

  • Ptolemy and the increase of Christianity

  • Copernicus and the Renaissance

  • Kepler and the Counter-Reformation

  • Newton and the Enlightenment

  • Einstein and the detonation of the atom bomb

each one bankruptcy provides the paintings of a unmarried scientist or mathematician, development at the past chapters to illustrate the evolutionary strategy of discovery. Chapters commence with a story part and finish with a mathematical presentation of 1 of the scientist's unique works. each one of these mathematical displays, together with the part on Einstein's distinctive relativity, are obtainable utilizing in basic terms easy arithmetic; notwithstanding, readers can pass the mathematical sections and nonetheless stick to the evolution of technological know-how and mathematics.

moving the Earth is a superb ebook for a person attracted to the background of arithmetic and the way the search to appreciate the movement of the heavens has stimulated the wider historical past of humankind.

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