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The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny (Hardback)
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The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 10/10/2006
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Optimists believe this is the best of all possible worlds, and pessimists fear that might really be the case. There was a time, during the 17th and 18th centuries, when scientists and mathematicians felt they could provide the answer. This book is their story.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226199948
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 506 g
Dimensions: 234 x 163 x 22 mm


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"[Readers] will not regret a minute spent reading this book. This intelligent, eloquent, very accessible work will make new connections for virtually every reader. Ekeland is clearly a master teacher. Essential."-Choice
"A book that provides much information about the ideas of optimization and critical points and is full of details about a large cast of characters. . . .The book can be savored in bits and pieces. . . . But the reader who just chooses to start on page one and keep going will almost certainly find it impossible to put the book down, because it is densely packed with delightful items of information and is as entertaining as a fast-moving thriller."--Hector Sussmann "Notice of the AMS "
"A run through the history of the last four hundred years, seen through the eyes of a French mathematician. Mathematics appears as a unifying principle for history. Ekeland moves easily from mathematics to physics, biology, ethics, and philosophy."--Freeman Dyson"New York Review of Books" (10/19/2006)

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