God Created The Integers

by Stephen Hawking | Science |
ISBN: 0762432721 Global Overview for this book
Registered by eastbaybookmisr of Oakland, California USA on 3/20/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by eastbaybookmisr from Oakland, California USA on Sunday, March 20, 2022
2005 Running Press hardcover, with dust jacket, of "the anthology of mathematical breakthroughs that changed history," edited with commentary by Stephen Hawking. I found this copy a couple weeks ago in a box of free stuff on the sidewalk of upper Patterson Ave.

Edit August 16, 2022: This was fascinating, but impossible to read. It chronologically collects all of the few dozen greatest mathematicians throughout history, and gives lengthy excerpts of their key works, as originally written, but translated into modern understandable English. However, the essays are for top experts in the field, not for the average bright layman. So trying to figure out what point each author is making from step to step in his calculations is just not possible. And the text is filled with math symbology, often of the author's own unique invention, with only a cursory guide to what each symbol means, or how it works. That much is to be expected. But the introductory biographical essays by Hawking are also equally mystifying, sometimes needlessly. For example, just trying to find each year of the exhibited works is a challenge, buried in the lengthy prose, or only inferred, and seldom as a header bullet point along with the title. And if Hawking explains specifically why a particular work matters, he does so only rather vaguely, or with much complexity that is hard to grasp. All that said, this runs well over a thousand pages, so more length to clarify those things would just make it that much more unmanageable. But I browsed through it all, and did get a hint about the shifting math landscape over millennia. This copy is still in pristine condition. I currently have it ranked at #7453 on my ranked list of best-read books lately.

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