A Tour of the Calculus

  • by David Berlinski
  • Narrated by Dennis Holland
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Were it not for the calculus, mathematicians would have no way to describe the acceleration of a motorcycle or the effect of gravity on thrown balls and distant planets, or to prove that a man could cross a room and eventually touch the opposite wall. Just how calculus makes these things possible and in doing so finds a correspondence between real numbers and the real world is the subject of this dazzling book by a writer of extraordinary clarity and stylistic brio. Even as he initiates us into the mysteries of real numbers, functions, and limits, Berlinski explores the furthest implications of his subject, revealing how the calculus reconciles the precision of numbers with the fluidity of the changing universe.

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Boring

So far the worst I have heard. I think the problem is mostly the content of the book. It's meant to be about maths but the guy goes on like it is some sort of creative writing contest.

I don't want to listen to a 15 minute description about some guys probable room layout 400 years ago, or how he rubs his forehead thinking. Just get on with the damn topic.

If the author is so interested in creative writing why not go do a romantic novel and list it as such. Don't try pass it for maths.
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- Carl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios