• A Most Elegant Equation

  • Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
  • By: David Stipp
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-07-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
  • 4.4 (11 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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By Blake on 01-30-18

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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By Stephen on 02-08-18

A good introduction to Euler but could have been more focused and less disjointed

What I liked about this book was its introduction to Leonhard Euler and his contributions to mathematics. I also learned about the beauty of pi and transcendent numbers.

The style was very accessible although the book has diagrams that couldn’t be presented in an audiobook. If I had followed along with the book in hand I could have followed the chapters on trigonometry and geometry better.

The narrator was very good.

What bothers me about this book is the author wrote that Euler’s Formula was also known as God’s equation yet didn’t elaborate on Euler’s Christian worldview. Euler’s faith was integral to his work in mathematics. The author glossed over this with the comment that Euler was pious and a Protestant. But why call Euler’s Formula God’s Formula without a discussion about Euler’s faith and how it informed his work? I think the fact that Euler was a Christian during the Enlightenment, a period of Deism and secular humanism, explains why he’s not held in as high regard as say Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire.

The author started out with helpful metaphors but after awhile they became distracting and not relevant to presenting the material.

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