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A Most Elegant Equation

Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry". This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity, or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections. It ties together everything from basic arithmetic to compound interest, the circumference of a circle, trigonometry, calculus, and even infinity. In David Stipp's hands, Euler's identity becomes a contemplative stroll through the glories of mathematics. The result is an ode to this magical field.

©2017 David Stipp (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Entertaining

Facinating narative and well constructed story; well read and the mathematics was easy to visualise.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-2018

Good treatment of the subject

Overall a good journey through Euler's formula, with nice side trips through intriging relevant stories that were integral to Euler's great, beautiful equation. However, the author, who is a writer who once majored in math, epresses his sometimes fleeting grasp on the subject with the literary awkwardness. He has a journalist's understanding of mathematics, and the journalistic skill of a mathematician.

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  • Christopher Alexander Teale Maldonado
  • 16-04-2018

Good and Simple

I really liked the math history, and a refreshing view on a beloved equation. however the math explanations are too elementary for anyone with some University mathematics, which can make some demonstrations too lengthy or boring. I still liked it though, and would recommend it to anyone with interest in math, but not quite a profound understanding

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  • Blake
  • 30-01-2018

Audible Math Wasn't Too Bad

Maybe it's just me, but I found it pretty easy to follow the math while just listening. Overall an interesting read.

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  • Andreas Zenker
  • 05-06-2018

Great math book to listen to

Not all math books translate well to audio but in this case it was a really enjoyable listen.
Writing and narration were quite good and the math was approachable even in this format.
The only thing missing is a pdf of the formulas and images from the last few chapters where I found myself wanting to work along with the author. This is not recommended while driving ;) but I may just re-listen to that section with a pad of paper so I can scratch out the ideas on paper

Great book!

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  • Sooch San Souci
  • 17-11-2018

Engaging, inspired, revealing,

Engaging, inspired, revealing, and I'm only on my second listening. For anyone that knows and studies the language of math, this is a fun listen that will fill gaps large and small. Already eager for my next listening. Enjoy...

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  • Talistan
  • 19-12-2018

super. amazing insight into the equation.

glad i bought it. learned something new and it was great siding a drive. audible

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-08-2018

Delightful

Though a little too much time on elementary equations, overall terrific. The last chapter especially.

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  • Jeffrey Check
  • 10-08-2018

way too simplistic if you know math

the elementary level of math the author assumes in the listener starts to get annoying by the 3rd chapter and never lets up. great for a zero math person though. should have said "for english majors" on the cover.

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  • Richard
  • 24-07-2018

Not well suited to audiobook

I don't think that audiobooks are a suitable medium for the algebraic manipulation of trigonometric expressions.

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  • sajeev varki
  • 16-06-2018

Full of unrelated material. <br />

author has jumped to unrelated stuff to fill up a book. a disservice to the audience. narration,however, was excellent.