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Descartes's Secret Notebook

A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe

Descartes's Secret Notebook( )
Author: Aczel, Amir D.
ISBN:978-0-7679-2033-9
Publication Date:Oct 2005
Publisher:Broadway Books
Imprint:Broadway
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $24.95
Book Description:

RenÈ Descartes (1596 1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and mathematics. His apothegm "Cogito, ergo sum" marked the birth of the mind-body problem, while his creation of so-called Cartesian coordinates has made our intellectual conquest of physical space possible. But Descartes had a mysterious and mystical side, as well. Almost certainly a member of the occult brotherhood of the Rosicrucians, he kept a secret notebook, now lost, most of which was...
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Book Details
Pages:288
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / Individual Philosophers
Mathematics / History & Philosophy
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.47 x 9.47 x 0.99 Inches
Book Weight:1.19 Pounds
Author Biography
Aczel, Amir D. (Author)
Amir D. Aczel was born in Haifa, Israel on November 6, 1950. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in decision sciences from the business school at the University of Oregon. He taught at several universities during his lifetime including the University of Alaska and Bentley College.

His first book, Complete Business Statistics, was published in 1989 and went through eight editions. His other books include How to Beat the I.R.S. at Its Own Game: Strategies to Avoid - and Fight - an Audit; Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem; The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity; The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention That Changed the World; Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics; and Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers. He died from cancer on November 26, 2015 at the age of 65.

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