Yes, it s a great book but I think I got even pleasure from the care the publishers had taken to present it in sumptuous form The paper was so white and sharp Most highly recommended as a hardback Not that keen on the cover design, though An interesting book I hadn t realised that the origins of calculus predate Newton and Leibniz by many centuries It is probably inevitable in a book of this sort that some of the explanations seem unnecessary and others seem almost completely missing what is obvious to one reader will often be quite perplexing to another. This is the captivating story of mathematics greatest ever idea calculus Without it, there would be no computers, no microwave ovens, no GPS, and no space travel But before it gave modern man almost infinite powers, calculus was behind centuries of controversy, competition, and even death Taking us on a thrilling journey through three millennia, professor Steven Strogatz charts the development of this seminal achievement from the days of Archimedes to today s breakthroughs in chaos theory and artificial intelligence Filled with idiosyncratic characters from Pythagoras to Fourier, Infinite Powers is a compelling human drama that reveals the legacy of calculus on nearly every aspect of modern civilisation, including science, politics, medicine, philosophy, and much besides An interesting and understandable history of calculus, from about 250 BC to the present day I ve always thought it started off with Newton and Leibniz, but apparently elements of it have been around for thousands of years I ve done a few calculus courses over the years, and I wish I d read this book first, it would have put everything into context, and made it all a bit understandable.A word of warning for Kindle users be careful which font you chose, otherwise some of the mathematical symbols can disappear I found empty space where 1 3 and pi the symbol should have been, until I experimented with the fonts, and up they popped. And it s encouraging to learn that 42 is not the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything but that Deep Thought was on the right track. I still look in awe at my maths books with pages and pages of indigestible coat hooks integral signs but I feel empowered now to face them after a pleasant ramble through this gentle but thorough historical account From Archimedes to Fourier via Newton and others the story line hangs together really well with some well chosen anecdotes and historical detail that just left me in total admiration of the analytical minds of our predecessors Sometimes it s good to look back at how we got to here It s humbling to note that we are only clever today because others before us were even cleverer A very good read Excellent book for anyone interested in knowing and understanding, what is behind all the stuff that surrounds us.One can go through life without understanding eg the periodic table, basic biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy etc but nothing beats a fundamental toolbox to really appreciate and understand how things work This book adds to the puzzle, for sure, math is amazing, precise, delightful and spans across all these science fields Exciting.All is described in a rather accessible way, for most people It takes a bit of stamina to pull through it, but hang in there, it is worth it.You will emerge wiser and look at things differently.I think I will go back at some time and re read part of it again.The author is a great story teller and explains complicated matters in a accessible way.I will read from the same author. I love to study the history of Ideas and ideas in maths Un libro excelente, riguroso y ameno No hay que ser un experto en matem ticas aplicadas como el autor para disfrutar y aprender con su lectura Por mi profesi n soy f sico ya conoc a el trabajo cient fico del autor, pero me ha sorprendido su faceta de comunicador de temas tan sencillo , l gicos y a la vez complejos. Great start to this book and I am convinced of the writer s passion that Calculus is the Prince of maths.Archimides proof of the area of the circle is the highlight.Just after the Newton Liebnitz schism The book changes form, abandons diagrams and equations and turns into a general history of maths albeit an interesting one.So for people who want to go a bit further than BBC documentary level maths, I would recommend Ian Stewarts very excellent 17 Equations that Changed the World.