Infinite Powers

The Story of Calculus - the Language of the Universe

English language

Published Jan. 3, 2019 by Atlantic Books, Limited.

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From preeminent math personality and author of The Joy of x, a brilliant and endlessly appealing explanation of calculus—how it works and why it makes our lives immeasurably better.

Without calculus, we wouldn’t have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We wouldn’t have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.

Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz’s brilliantly creative, down-to-earth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it’s about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number—infinity—to tackle real-world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.

Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves (a phenomenon predicted by calculus). …

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5 stars

A truly wonderful book. The author takes great care in taking the reader through the story and foundations of calculus gently without overwhelming the reader with jargon and unnecessary details. The examples from daily life he chooses to explain various concepts are very relatable and help us to get an intuitive feel for calculus. The stories and personalities behind calculus are fascinating on their own. You can feel the author's love for calculus coming through the pages and it is infectious.

Highly recommended!