Edition 
1st Vintage pbk. ed. 
Description 
xvii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm 

text txt rdacontent 

unmediated n rdamedia 

volume nc rdacarrier 
Note 
Includes index. 
Contents 
Masters of the symbols  Symbols of the masters  The black blossoms of geometry  Cartesian coordinates  The unbearable smoothness of motion  Yo  Thirteen ways of looking at a line  The doctor of discovery  Real world rising  Forever familiar, forever unknown  Some famous functions  Speed of sorts  Speed, strange speed  Paris days  Prague interlude  Memory of motion  The dimpled shoulder  Wrong way Rolle  The mean value of theorem  The song of Igor  Area  Those legos vanish  The integral wishes to compute an area  The integral wishes to become a function  A farewell to continuity  Epilogue. 
Summary 
"The calculus represents humanity's great and profound meditation on the theme of continuity. Time and space are given voice, and speed and area are subordinated to the harsh concept of a limit. The introduction of the real numbers allows the landscape of mathematical analysis to be suffused with thrilling light. In that litup landscape, the infinite is for the first time charmed into compliance, men and women gaining the eerie power to ask of certain processes, Suppose it goes on forever, what then? and finding within the calculus a comprehensive answer." "In clear and instructive language David Berlinski explains the concept of limits, how a function describes a relationship between numbers, and the meaning of the real numbers and their role in the recreation of the world. Hidden for centuries from human insight, an array of mathematical operations and processes become visible." "Berlinski's great achievement is that he not only breathes life into the principles of the calculus but reveals as well processes that occur in the real world. And moving beyond the basics, Berlinski shows us in dramatic and original ways that the calculus is more than a mere system of mathematics. It is also an instrument commensurate at last with humanity's limitless capacity to regard the universe with wonder."Jacket. 
Subject 
Calculus  Popular works.


Calculus. (OCoLC)fst00844119

Genre/Form 
Popular works. (OCoLC)fst01423846

ISBN 
0679747885 

9780679747888 

0676520413 

9780676520415 
