Synopses & Reviews
Like Douglas Hofstadter's G?del, Escher, Bach, and David Berlinski's A Tour of the Calculus, Euclid in the Rainforest combines the literary with the mathematical to explore logic?the one indispensable tool in man's quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Greeks. Through adventure stories and historical narratives populated with a rich and quirky cast of characters, Mazur artfully reveals the less-than-airtight nature of logic and the muddled relationship between math and the real world. Ultimately, Mazur argues, logical reasoning is not purely robotic. At its most basic level, it is a creative process guided by our intuitions and beliefs about the world. BACKCOVER: ?This charming book radiates love of mathematics and of life . . . A treasure of human experience and intellectual excitement.?
?Choice
?Devoid of complex proofs and dense mathematical language; instead, the author has drawn upon his experience as a formative teacher to create a book rich in content that connects with real-world experiences.?
?Library Journal
?Joseph Mazur brilliantly explores the symbiotic relationship between the physical and the mathematical worlds?A stylish and seductive book that convinces the mind even as it delights the soul.?
?PEN American Center
Synopsis
?This charming book radiates love of mathematics and of life . . . A treasure of human experience and intellectual excitement.?
?"Choice"
?Devoid of complex proofs and dense mathematical language; instead, the author has drawn upon his experience as a formative teacher to create a book rich in content that connects with real-world experiences.?
?"Library Journal"
?Joseph Mazur brilliantly explores the symbiotic relationship between the physical and the mathematical worlds?A stylish and seductive book that convinces the mind even as it delights the soul.?
?PEN American Center
Synopsis
Like Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach, and David Berlinski’s A Tour of the Calculus, Euclid in the Rainforest combines the literary with the mathematical to explore
logic—the one indispensable tool in man’s quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Greeks. Through adventure stories and historical narratives populated with a rich and quirky cast of characters, Mazur artfully reveals the less-than-airtight nature of logic and the muddled relationship between math and the real world. Ultimately, Mazur argues, logical reasoning is not purely robotic. At its most basic level, it is a creative process guided by our intuitions and beliefs about the world.
Synopsis
Like Douglas Hofstadterandrsquo;s Gandouml;del, Escher, Bach, and David Berlinskiandrsquo;s A Tour of the Calculus, Euclid in the Rainforest combines the literary with the mathematical to explore
logicandmdash;the one indispensable tool in manandrsquo;s quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Greeks. Through adventure stories and historical narratives populated with a rich and quirky cast of characters, Mazur artfully reveals the less-than-airtight nature of logic and the muddled relationship between math and the real world. Ultimately, Mazur argues, logical reasoning is not purely robotic. At its most basic level, it is a creative process guided by our intuitions and beliefs about the world.
About the Author
Joseph Mazur is Professor of Mathematics at Marlboro College, where he has taught a wide range of classes in all areas of mathematics, its history, and philosophy.