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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ryan geltz
  • 16-06-2019

Great book!

Wonderful book to help engineers see the mathematics behind Eulers equation that is used so often in engineering but rarely understood.

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  • ImStillThinking
  • 05-05-2019

Best audio math book yet

Excellent book about mathmatics. I have been listening to several audiobooks recently seeking to develop a better conceptual understanding and appreciation for math. This book has helped with that greatly. It is written simply enough that with only a psuedo understanding of high school math you can follow along, while the concepts touch on a college level.

The formulas are sometimes difficult to follow in audio, but the execution of the book allows you to appreciate and understand quite a bit of it.

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  • David Mandel
  • 14-04-2019

Cute book but not suited for audio

Really like the thoughtful way complex math was made approachable and how he walks us though it, but found it almost impossible to follow all the formulaic derivations on audio. This book is definitely in the small subset that cannot be listened to and must be read visually on paper

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  • Charlotte A. Hu
  • 12-04-2019

Helped me stay in a conversation with a Quant

I was super impressed with this fun and engaging book. I'm prepping for the GRE, again. And while I'm taking an online trig course, I wanted something mathematical to add to my morning commutes. I listened to several chapters several times because the content can be difficult to follow for a non-math person like myself. But I surprised myself how much I learned when I found out one of my colleagues has a Masters in Mathematics and we talked about Euler, Euler's formula and the history of mathematics as well as distinctions in Algebra, Trig, etc.
I like the writing style. It's flippant and a little sarcastic. It's a very specific form of humor that fits the topic well.

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  • F. Ali
  • 08-04-2019

confusing

the math is a bit confusing, but for an audio book I guess that's expected