The Resource Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander
Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander
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 "The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it. On August 10, 1632, five leaders of the Society of Jesus convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world. Amir Alexander's Infinitesimal is the story of the struggle that pitted Europe's entrenched powers against voices for tolerance and change. It takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes. We see how a small mathematical disagreement became a contest over the nature of the heavens and the earth: Was the world entirely known and ruled by a divinely sanctioned rationality and hierarchy? Or was it a vast and mysterious place, ripe for exploration? The legitimacy of popes and kings, as well as our modern beliefs in human liberty and progressive science, hung in the balance; the answer hinged on the infinitesimal. Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal will forever change the way you look at a simple lineand celebrates the spirit of discovery, innovation, and intellectual achievement"
 "The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it"
 Language
 eng
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 352 pages
 Contents

 Part I: The war against disorder : the Jesuits against the infinitely small. The children of Ignatius ; Mathematical order ; Mathematical disorder ; "Destroy or be destroyed" : the war on the infinitely small ; The battle of the mathematicians
 Part II: Leviathan and the infinitesimal. The coming of Leviathan ; Thomas Hobbes, geometer ; Who was John Wallis? ; Mathematics for a new world
 Epilogue: Two modernities
 Dramatis personae
 Time line
 Isbn
 9780374534998
 Label
 Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
 Title
 Infinitesimal
 Title remainder
 how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
 Statement of responsibility
 Amir Alexander
 Title variation
 How a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
 Subject

 Europe
 History
 Science, Renaissance
 Geometry, Infinitesimal  History
 Calculus  History
 SCIENCE  History
 1500  1699
 Calculus
 Mathematics  Europe  History  16th century
 Geometry, Infinitesimal
 Mathematics
 Mathematics  Europe  History  17th century
 Science, Renaissance
 HISTORY  Europe  Western
 Language
 eng
 Summary

 "The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it. On August 10, 1632, five leaders of the Society of Jesus convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world. Amir Alexander's Infinitesimal is the story of the struggle that pitted Europe's entrenched powers against voices for tolerance and change. It takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes. We see how a small mathematical disagreement became a contest over the nature of the heavens and the earth: Was the world entirely known and ruled by a divinely sanctioned rationality and hierarchy? Or was it a vast and mysterious place, ripe for exploration? The legitimacy of popes and kings, as well as our modern beliefs in human liberty and progressive science, hung in the balance; the answer hinged on the infinitesimal. Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal will forever change the way you look at a simple lineand celebrates the spirit of discovery, innovation, and intellectual achievement"
 "The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it"
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 Provided by publisher
 Cataloging source
 DLC
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Alexander, Amir R
 Dewey number
 511
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 index present
 LC call number
 QA24
 LC item number
 .A544 2014
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents
 bibliography
 http://library.link/vocab/subjectName

 Calculus
 Geometry, Infinitesimal
 Mathematics
 Mathematics
 Science, Renaissance
 SCIENCE
 HISTORY
 Calculus
 Geometry, Infinitesimal
 Mathematics
 Science, Renaissance
 Europe
 Label
 Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code
 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type code
 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 Part I: The war against disorder : the Jesuits against the infinitely small. The children of Ignatius ; Mathematical order ; Mathematical disorder ; "Destroy or be destroyed" : the war on the infinitely small ; The battle of the mathematicians  Part II: Leviathan and the infinitesimal. The coming of Leviathan ; Thomas Hobbes, geometer ; Who was John Wallis? ; Mathematics for a new world  Epilogue: Two modernities  Dramatis personae  Time line
 Control code
 1545364
 Dimensions
 24 cm
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 352 pages
 Isbn
 9780374534998
 Lccn
 2013033923
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code
 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number

 (Sirsi) 1545364
 (Sirsi) 1545364
 (OCoLC)846545899
 Label
 Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, Amir Alexander
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code
 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type code
 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 Part I: The war against disorder : the Jesuits against the infinitely small. The children of Ignatius ; Mathematical order ; Mathematical disorder ; "Destroy or be destroyed" : the war on the infinitely small ; The battle of the mathematicians  Part II: Leviathan and the infinitesimal. The coming of Leviathan ; Thomas Hobbes, geometer ; Who was John Wallis? ; Mathematics for a new world  Epilogue: Two modernities  Dramatis personae  Time line
 Control code
 1545364
 Dimensions
 24 cm
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 352 pages
 Isbn
 9780374534998
 Lccn
 2013033923
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code
 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number

 (Sirsi) 1545364
 (Sirsi) 1545364
 (OCoLC)846545899
Subject
 1500  1699
 Calculus
 Calculus  History
 Europe
 Geometry, Infinitesimal
 Geometry, Infinitesimal  History
 HISTORY  Europe  Western
 History
 Mathematics
 Mathematics  Europe  History  16th century
 Mathematics  Europe  History  17th century
 SCIENCE  History
 Science, Renaissance
 Science, Renaissance
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