Berlinski, David 1942
Overview
Works:  66 works in 290 publications in 5 languages and 12,256 library holdings 

Genres:  History Popular works Biography Fiction Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles:  Author, Editor 
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Most widely held works by
David Berlinski
A tour of the calculus by
David Berlinski(
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49 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The calculus represents humanity's great and profound meditation on the theme of continuity. Time and space are given voice, and speed and area are subordinated to the harsh concept of a limit. The introduction of the real numbers allows the landscape of mathematical analysis to be suffused with thrilling light. In that litup landscape, the infinite is for the first time charmed into compliance, men and women gaining the eerie power to ask of certain processes, Suppose it goes on forever, what then? and finding within the calculus a comprehensive answer. In clear and instructive language David Berlinski explains the concept of limits, how a function describes a relationship between numbers, and the meaning of the real numbers and their role in the recreation of the world. Hidden for centuries from human insight, an array of mathematical operations and processes become visible
49 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The calculus represents humanity's great and profound meditation on the theme of continuity. Time and space are given voice, and speed and area are subordinated to the harsh concept of a limit. The introduction of the real numbers allows the landscape of mathematical analysis to be suffused with thrilling light. In that litup landscape, the infinite is for the first time charmed into compliance, men and women gaining the eerie power to ask of certain processes, Suppose it goes on forever, what then? and finding within the calculus a comprehensive answer. In clear and instructive language David Berlinski explains the concept of limits, how a function describes a relationship between numbers, and the meaning of the real numbers and their role in the recreation of the world. Hidden for centuries from human insight, an array of mathematical operations and processes become visible
The advent of the algorithm : the idea that rules the world by
David Berlinski(
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12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Here is the story of the search for and eventual discovery of the algorithm, the set of instructions that drives computers. An idea as simple as the first recipe and as elusive as the quark or the gluon, the algorithm was discovered by a succession of logicians and mathematicians working alone and in obscurity during the first half of the twentieth century."Jacket
12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Here is the story of the search for and eventual discovery of the algorithm, the set of instructions that drives computers. An idea as simple as the first recipe and as elusive as the quark or the gluon, the algorithm was discovered by a succession of logicians and mathematicians working alone and in obscurity during the first half of the twentieth century."Jacket
Newton's gift : how Sir Isaac Newton unlocked the system of the world by
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14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses seventeenthcentury scientist Sir Isaac Newton's life, focusing on his "system of the world" and his pioneering of mathematical physics, which changed science forever
14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses seventeenthcentury scientist Sir Isaac Newton's life, focusing on his "system of the world" and his pioneering of mathematical physics, which changed science forever
The king of infinite space : Euclid and his Elements by
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12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. Euclid's Elements is arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics. Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements, and shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers have relied on Euclid's axiomatic system, a method of proof still taught in classrooms around the world
12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. Euclid's Elements is arguably the most influential book in the history of mathematics. Berlinski provides a concise homage to this elusive mathematician and his staggering achievements, and shows that, for centuries, scientists and thinkers have relied on Euclid's axiomatic system, a method of proof still taught in classrooms around the world
Infinite ascent : a short history of mathematics by
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26 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Infinite Ascent, David Berlinski, the acclaimed author of The Advent of the Algorithm, A Tour of the Calculus, and Newton's Gift, tells the story of mathematics, bringing to life with wit, elegance, and deep insight a 2,500yearlong intellectual adventure. Berlinski focuses on the ten most important breakthroughs in mathematical historyand the men behind them. Here are Pythagoras, intoxicated by the mystical significance of numbers; Euclid, who gave the world the very idea of a proof; Leibniz and Newton, codiscoverers of the calculus; Cantor, master of the infinite; and Gödel, who in one magnificent proof placed everything in doubt. The elaboration of mathematical knowledge has meant nothing less than the unfolding of human consciousness itself. With his unmatched ability to make abstract ideas concrete and approachable, Berlinski both tells an engrossing tale and introduces us to the full power of what surely ranks as one of the greatest of all human endeavors
26 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Infinite Ascent, David Berlinski, the acclaimed author of The Advent of the Algorithm, A Tour of the Calculus, and Newton's Gift, tells the story of mathematics, bringing to life with wit, elegance, and deep insight a 2,500yearlong intellectual adventure. Berlinski focuses on the ten most important breakthroughs in mathematical historyand the men behind them. Here are Pythagoras, intoxicated by the mystical significance of numbers; Euclid, who gave the world the very idea of a proof; Leibniz and Newton, codiscoverers of the calculus; Cantor, master of the infinite; and Gödel, who in one magnificent proof placed everything in doubt. The elaboration of mathematical knowledge has meant nothing less than the unfolding of human consciousness itself. With his unmatched ability to make abstract ideas concrete and approachable, Berlinski both tells an engrossing tale and introduces us to the full power of what surely ranks as one of the greatest of all human endeavors
On systems analysis : an essay concerning the limitations of some mathematical methods in the social, political, and biological
sciences by
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24 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and Danish and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
24 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and Danish and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Devil's delusion : atheism and its scientific pretensions by
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15 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A secular Jew, Berlinski delivers a biting defense of religous thought. An acclaimed author who has spent his career writing about mathematics and the seciences, he turns the scientific community's cherished skepticism back on itself, daring to ask and answer some rather embarrassing questions.  Dust jacket
15 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A secular Jew, Berlinski delivers a biting defense of religous thought. An acclaimed author who has spent his career writing about mathematics and the seciences, he turns the scientific community's cherished skepticism back on itself, daring to ask and answer some rather embarrassing questions.  Dust jacket
One, two, three : absolutely elementary mathematics by
David Berlinski(
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12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Chinese and English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the acclaimed author of "A tour of the calculus" and "The advent of the algorithm" comes a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts
12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Chinese and English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the acclaimed author of "A tour of the calculus" and "The advent of the algorithm" comes a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts
The secrets of the vaulted sky : astrology and the art of prediction by
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2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the enigmatic world of astrologyone of the oldest "predictive arts"Revealing its complexities and scientific merit
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the enigmatic world of astrologyone of the oldest "predictive arts"Revealing its complexities and scientific merit
Black mischief : the mechanics of modern science by
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3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Black mischief : language, life, logic, luck by
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6 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Preface to the Second Edition:?This book will not take the casual reader to the cutting edge of research. Nor is it meant to. What I am after in Black Mischief is the moment in which various lines in an intellectual field of force collect themselves into a kind of dense knot?A number of otherwise sympathetic reviewers have suggested that my aim in Black Mischief was somehow to show the persistence of certain outmoded Newtonian forms of thought in economics, or psychology, or biology, or wherever. Not so. My intention has been to explore a tangle of connected
6 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Preface to the Second Edition:?This book will not take the casual reader to the cutting edge of research. Nor is it meant to. What I am after in Black Mischief is the moment in which various lines in an intellectual field of force collect themselves into a kind of dense knot?A number of otherwise sympathetic reviewers have suggested that my aim in Black Mischief was somehow to show the persistence of certain outmoded Newtonian forms of thought in economics, or psychology, or biology, or wherever. Not so. My intention has been to explore a tangle of connected
The body shop : an Aaron Asherfeld mystery by
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5 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In San Francisco, investigator Aaron Asherfield is hired by an accounting firm to look into the mysterious disappearance of the firm's mistressshared by all. A tale of crooked accountants, drug dealers and murder. By the author of Less Than Meets the Eye
5 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In San Francisco, investigator Aaron Asherfield is hired by an accounting firm to look into the mysterious disappearance of the firm's mistressshared by all. A tale of crooked accountants, drug dealers and murder. By the author of Less Than Meets the Eye
A clean sweep by
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5 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Setting, lively dialogue, and an engaging protagonist, David Berlinski has written a remarkably accomplished mystery
5 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Setting, lively dialogue, and an engaging protagonist, David Berlinski has written a remarkably accomplished mystery
The advent of the algorithm : the 300year journey from an idea to the computer by
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9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An exploration of the discovery and far reaching effects of the algorithm especially as it relates to the computerized world
9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An exploration of the discovery and far reaching effects of the algorithm especially as it relates to the computerized world
Less than meets the eye : an Aaron Asherfeld mystery by
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4 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A professor is killed on a university campus and his penis is cut off. In the process of the investigation, PI Aaron Asherfeld discovers a racket to divert grant money for personal use. By the author of A Clean Sweep
4 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A professor is killed on a university campus and his penis is cut off. In the process of the investigation, PI Aaron Asherfeld discovers a racket to divert grant money for personal use. By the author of A Clean Sweep
Philosophy : the cutting edge by
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3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The king of infinite space : Euclid and his elements by
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8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
The deniable Darwin & other essays by
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1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One, two, three : absolutely elementary mathematics by
David Berlinski(
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3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the acclaimed author of "A tour of the calculus" and "The advent of the algorithm" comes a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the acclaimed author of "A tour of the calculus" and "The advent of the algorithm" comes a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts
Der Apfel der Erkenntnis : Sir Isaac Newton und die Entschlüsselung des Universums by
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3 editions published in 2002 in German and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 2002 in German and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Related Identities
 Newton, Isaac 16421727 Dedicatee
 Euclid
 Asherfeld, Aaron (Fictitious character)
 Cottrell, Hélène Translator
 Demazure, Michel (1937....). Author of introduction
 Demazure, Hélène Translator
 Darwin, Charles 18091882
 Morey, Arthur Narrator
 Klinghoffer, David 1965
 Wagner, Byron
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Algorithms Asherfeld, Aaron (Fictitious character) Astrology Atheism Berlinski, David, Calculus CaliforniaSan Francisco Creationism Darwin, Charles, Elements (Euclid) Euclid EvolutionReligious aspects Geometry Great Britain Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) Intelligent design (Teleology) Mathematicians Mathematics Mathematics, Greek MathematicsPhilosophy Newton, Isaac, Philosophy Physicists Physics PhysicsPhilosophy Private investigators Religion and science SciencePhilosophy Scientism Scientists Space and time Symmetry (Mathematics) System analysis System theory
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Alternative Names
Berliński, David J.
David Berlinski Amerikaans filosoof
David Berlinski mathématicien américain
David Berlinski saggista statunitense
David Berlinski USamerikanischer Mathematiker
ديفيد بيرلينسكي
دیوید برلینکسی ریاضیدان و فیلسوف آمریکایی
벌린스키, 데이비드 1942
バーリンスキ, デイヴィッド
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