Book Review: Infinite Ascent, A Short History of Mathematics

4 of 5 Stars. The Mathematical topics covered, and the depth to which they are covered make David Berlinski’s Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics enjoyable reading. The survey of several different areas and the history of those areas makes for a entertaining overview. It’s almost like looking onto different faces of a polyhedron, where each side is just glimpse of the whole. My major dislike of this book is that the author seems to be writing as much about himself in the subject as the subject itself, without actually saying as much, and even some of the liberties he takes with the narrative become more distracting than amusing.

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