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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This book is extrodinary, and although the author is a mathematican, his prose is understated, and as such, im compelled to write this review. the poetry used to make difficult subject matter (difficult to expand on in English) understandabe and entertaining is amazing. for anyone interested in the subject matter, I highly reccomend this book.