The Wonder Book of Geometry: A Mathematical Story
ISBN: 019884638X
EAN13: 9780198846383
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 2, 2021
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1.023622" H x 8.031496" L x 5.511811" W
Weight: 0.7495717 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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Book Overview

How can we be sure that Pythagoras's theorem is really true? Why is the 'angle in a semicircle' always 90 degrees? And how can tangents help determine the speed of a bullet?

David Acheson takes the reader on a highly illustrated tour through the history of geometry, from ancient Greece to the present day. He emphasizes throughout elegant deduction and practical applications, and argues that geometry can offer the quickest route to the whole spirit of mathematics at its best. Along the way, we encounter the quirky and the unexpected, meet the great personalities involved, and uncover some of the loveliest surprises in mathematics.

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   So informative
A Great Little Book '' to introduce to geometry and the early purveyors of geometry or reintroduce. It is very fun to read and definitely helps in the geometry class.
   A Charming Little Book
And that makes for very interesting reading in my case. Parts of this book were a refresher for a high school geometry class that I took half a century ago. He refers to Euclid quite a bit, as well as to other mathematicians. He ends the book with a peak at modern geometry, e.g. topology, fractal geometry, etc. The author's writing style is clear, friendly, lively, and authoritative. Although I must admit that he could have been a little more detailed in his proofs, I enjoyed this book very much, as I expect anyone who has an interest in geometry.
   Quick , perfect for me .
I was interested in an overhall review of geometry, just for fun. David Acheson's book hit the mark.
   Impressively well written book
David Acheson added another impressive book to the list of books he has written, of which I have several. I had years of convoluted and complex Euclidean geometry in the school and I have two university degrees, one of which is in physics. I am still impressed by David Acheson's elegant way of explaining concepts and providing perspective in a fun, satisfying and easy to remember way. The author is an impressive teacher, even to someone like me, with two science - engineering degrees.
   Absolutely wonderful book.
I've recommended the book either in hard copy or in paperback form. I have purchased the Kindle edition and while it is a little small, it would be easier to read some of the diagrams on a written page.