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By Arthur Mazer

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

From old Greece to the Enlightenment after which directly to smooth instances, transferring the Earth: The Mathematical Quest to appreciate the movement of the Universe takes readers on a trip inspired by way of the need to appreciate the universe and the movement of the heavens. the writer provides a thought-provoking depiction of the sociopolitical surroundings within which probably the most renowned scientists in background lived after which offers a mathematical account in their contributions.

From Eudoxus to Einstein, this attention-grabbing publication 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 advanced into Kepler's heliocentric version, with Copernicus because the severe middleman. the writer explains how one medical leap forward set the degree for the subsequent 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

every one bankruptcy provides the paintings of a unmarried scientist or mathematician, development at the earlier chapters to illustrate the evolutionary strategy of discovery. Chapters start 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 certain relativity, are obtainable utilizing purely simple arithmetic; despite the fact that, readers can pass the mathematical sections and nonetheless stick with the evolution of technological know-how and mathematics.

transferring the Earth is a wonderful booklet for a person drawn to the heritage 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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