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

 pt. I THE WAR AGAINST DISORDER: THE JESUITS AGAINST THE INFINITELY SMALL
 1.The Children of Ignatius
 2.Mathematical Order
 3.Mathematical Disorder
 4."Destroy or Be Destroyed": The War on the Infinitely Small
 5.The Battle of the Mathematicians
 pt. II LEVIATHAN AND THE INFINITESIMAL
 6.The Coming of Leviathan
 7.Thomas Hobbes, Geometer
 8.Who Was John Wallis?
 9.Mathematics for a New World
 Isbn
 9780374176815
 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

 trueCalculus  History
 trueCatholic theology  History
 trueEurope  History  17th century
 Geometry, Infinitesimal  History
 trueHistory writing  Europe
 trueInfinitesimal geometry
 Mathematics  Europe  History  16th century
 Mathematics  Europe  History  17th century
 trueMathematics  History
 trueReligion  Social aspects
 trueReligion and science
 trueRenaissance science
 trueScience  Social aspects
 trueScience Writing  Mathematics
 Science, Renaissance
 trueTheories
 true17th century  1601  1700
 true16th century  1501  1600
 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"
 Summary
 "The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it"
 Assigning source
 Provided by publisher
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 10300892
 Cataloging source
 DLC
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Alexander, Amir R
 Dewey number
 511
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 index present
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents
 bibliography
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 True
 http://library.link/vocab/subjectName

 Calculus
 Geometry, Infinitesimal
 Mathematics
 Mathematics
 Science, Renaissance
 Target audience
 adult
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 how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world
 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
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 sti
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 pt. I THE WAR AGAINST DISORDER: THE JESUITS AGAINST THE INFINITELY SMALL  1.The Children of Ignatius  2.Mathematical Order  3.Mathematical Disorder  4."Destroy or Be Destroyed": The War on the Infinitely Small  5.The Battle of the Mathematicians  pt. II LEVIATHAN AND THE INFINITESIMAL  6.The Coming of Leviathan  7.Thomas Hobbes, Geometer  8.Who Was John Wallis?  9.Mathematics for a New World
 Control code
 000051906444
 Dimensions
 24 cm.
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 352 pages
 Isbn
 9780374176815
 Isbn Type
 (hardback)
 Lccn
 2013033923
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code

 n
 Other control number
 (YBP)10744474
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 Specific material designation
 regular print
 System control number
 (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
 still image
 Content type code

 sti
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 pt. I THE WAR AGAINST DISORDER: THE JESUITS AGAINST THE INFINITELY SMALL  1.The Children of Ignatius  2.Mathematical Order  3.Mathematical Disorder  4."Destroy or Be Destroyed": The War on the Infinitely Small  5.The Battle of the Mathematicians  pt. II LEVIATHAN AND THE INFINITESIMAL  6.The Coming of Leviathan  7.Thomas Hobbes, Geometer  8.Who Was John Wallis?  9.Mathematics for a New World
 Control code
 000051906444
 Dimensions
 24 cm.
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 352 pages
 Isbn
 9780374176815
 Isbn Type
 (hardback)
 Lccn
 2013033923
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code

 n
 Other control number
 (YBP)10744474
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 Specific material designation
 regular print
 System control number
 (OCoLC)846545899
Subject
 trueCalculus  History
 trueCatholic theology  History
 trueEurope  History  17th century
 Geometry, Infinitesimal  History
 trueHistory writing  Europe
 trueInfinitesimal geometry
 Mathematics  Europe  History  16th century
 Mathematics  Europe  History  17th century
 trueMathematics  History
 trueReligion  Social aspects
 trueReligion and science
 trueRenaissance science
 trueScience  Social aspects
 trueScience Writing  Mathematics
 Science, Renaissance
 trueTheories
 true17th century  1601  1700
 true16th century  1501  1600
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