The King of Infinite Space

The King of Infinite Space

Euclid and His Elements

By David Berlinski

Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465014811, 192pp.

Publication Date: January 2013

Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. And for over two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid's "Elements," arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics In "The King of Infinite Space," renowned mathematics writer David Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements. Berlinski shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers from Copernicus to Newton to Einstein have relied on Euclid's axiomatic system, a method of proof still taught in classrooms around the world. Euclid's use of elemental logic and the mathematical statements he and others built from it have dramatically expanded the frontiers of human knowledge.
"The King of Infinite Space" presents a rich, accessible treatment of Euclid and his beautifully simple geometric system, which continues to shape the way we see the world.

About the Author
David Berlinski is the bestselling author of "A Tour of the Calculus" and "Newton's Gift", as well as many other books.