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    Without calculus, we wouldn't have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We wouldn't have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.    

    Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz's brilliantly creative, down-to-earth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it's about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number - infinity - to tackle real world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.    

    Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves. Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes "backwards" sometimes; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.    

    As Strogatz proves, calculus is truly the language of the universe. By unveiling the principles of that language, Infinite Powers makes us marvel at the world anew.

    ©2019 Steven Strogatz (P)2019 Tantor

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 05/09/2019

    Elegant, clear, cutting edge.

    If you're curious, but mathematically hopeless, this is splendid. I found the opening overview particularly illuminating, but throughout it joins history, to biography, to physics, to math in a clear but not condescending manner.

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    • A Reader in Maine
    • 21/02/2020

    Not written to be read aloud

    Don’t get me wrong—this is a great book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I highly recommend it. But in many parts, the performer has to read aloud some complicated equations that are tough to follow if you are, say, listening while driving. As a statistician, I was familiar with 80% of the concepts discussed and have heard of the rest, and I struggled at times. I recommend buying the book to read, so one can slow down when needed, or listen to it with a pencil and paper handy. That said, this book gave me many new insights and explanations that will inform my teaching going forward.

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    • David
    • 29/05/2020

    GREAT BOOK! would be nice to have a PDF

    If you enjoy math and Steven Strogatz... you're probably a nerd like me and have already read this or similar books many times, and you know its good. 😁 If you are just interested in math and want to hear it explained in an entertaining and informative, this is a great book to read. it would benefit from a PDF for some illustrations, but even without that it is easy to follow.

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    • M. McCreary
    • 10/02/2020

    Read the book

    This is a great discussion of the development and use of calculus, but if you're not comfortable with the topic, the audiobook isn't the best way to read it. The narrator does a great job, but with so many equations in the text, it's just easier to read the hard copy.

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    • Anonymous
    • 05/09/2019

    Great for those learning calculus

    I'm in differential equations right now this is a good overview of the theories of calculus and covers aspects missed in lectures

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    • Julian G.
    • 30/01/2020

    Great overbiew

    I'm not a math person by trade although I do enjoy mathematics. This book is a great way to get a wide breadth idea of the history of calculus. I suggest this book to anyone who kind of wants to know about the math without getting too into the Weeds about how to do it. Beautifully written and excellently narrated.

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    • Tyler
    • 29/12/2019

    Beautiful

    As a young newly inspired fellow, I’ve been surprisingly driven to read and listen to such books as Strogatz’s here. It gorgeously weaves often difficult to imagine notions of mathematics into a web of relevance. I am registered to take calculus in the next semester, and could not have imagined a better primer. I’m hooked. I am craving to learn more, and this book has teased the desire for advancement to an incredible degree. I’ve listed this book as one I must return to after actually learning to DO the calculus he dances around. But until then, I have only dreamy things to say about the book. Narration is wonderful. As with any scientific / mathematic audio, there are tedious portions where it becomes difficult to follow given the nature of embedding equations and proofs into paragraphs. But this is, to me, apparent and obvious. I like to consider the portions of technical speak as a challenge to myself whether I can follow. I’ll repeat it several times until I understand or decide I’m not quite studied enough to understand more deeply than I do. Mathematics is a language of translating “reality” into symbols and back again, judging their synergy along the way. To expect a book on mathematics NOT to contain technical paragraphs, is a mistake. I loved them. If you are reading reviews looking for fuel to motivate your own decision, do it. Especially if you are willing to be curious. If you would like to learn. And if you want to explore the universe, mathematics is nestled amongst the best available tools to do so. Dive in. Enjoy.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 08/03/2020

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    explains calculus but not heavy on math Lots of illustrations. good for teaching anyone at any age

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    • Timothy S.
    • 24/01/2020

    Infinitely Awesome! So much fun.

    Missing insight on eastern math is meaningless compared to the tale of modern infinities. Fun listen on headphones but some pencil and paper moments when a peek at the math is required.

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    • P. Sandwall
    • 22/05/2020

    beware the reader

    listening now and will finish because I'm a completionist but... this reader hurts my head, he feels like someone scratching a chalkboard. I'm actually not going to finish this, it's that painful. maybe a personal issue but damn.

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