Proof! by Amir Alexander audiobook

Proof!: How the World Became Geometrical

By Amir Alexander
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Blackstone Publishing 9780374254902
10.79 Hours Unabridged
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An eye-opening narrative of how geometric principles fundamentally shaped our world One night in 1661, Nicholas Fouquet, a superintendent under Louis XIV, was arrested. His crime was peculiar: he had dared to construct a grand geometrical garden. In doing so, he violated an irrefutable hierarchy: that geometry, in its perfection, was a testament to divine right. The elegant, symmetrical designs were more than just ornament; they were proofs of incontestable certainty, and thus the authority to rule. But how did the French royalty fall in love with this peculiar landscape design? Wherefore Versailles? In Proof!, the award-winning historian Amir Alexander argues that Euclidean geometry has been uniquely responsible for how our societies are structured. It has shaped how our cities are built and been used as a rationale to explain political structures. The proofs in Euclid’s Elements were not only just true but were certain by reason alone. Alexander tracks the rediscovery of Euclidean geometry in fifteenth-century Italy and recounts the French royalty’s centuries-long love affair with geometrical gardening, which acted as a visual symbol of the king’s consolidation of power during a time of violence and upheaval, and which culminated with the gardens at Versailles. Proof! tells the monumental story of the geometries that were carved into our world, the beliefs they supported, and the ways they shape our lives to this day.

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An eye-opening narrative of how geometric principles fundamentally shaped our world

One night in 1661, Nicholas Fouquet, a superintendent under Louis XIV, was arrested. His crime was peculiar: he had dared to construct a grand geometrical garden. In doing so, he violated an irrefutable hierarchy: that geometry, in its perfection, was a testament to divine right. The elegant, symmetrical designs were more than just ornament; they were proofs of incontestable certainty, and thus the authority to rule. But how did the French royalty fall in love with this peculiar landscape design? Wherefore Versailles?

In Proof!, the award-winning historian Amir Alexander argues that Euclidean geometry has been uniquely responsible for how our societies are structured. It has shaped how our cities are built and been used as a rationale to explain political structures. The proofs in Euclid’s Elements were not only just true but were certain by reason alone. Alexander tracks the rediscovery of Euclidean geometry in fifteenth-century Italy and recounts the French royalty’s centuries-long love affair with geometrical gardening, which acted as a visual symbol of the king’s consolidation of power during a time of violence and upheaval, and which culminated with the gardens at Versailles. Proof! tells the monumental story of the geometries that were carved into our world, the beliefs they supported, and the ways they shape our lives to this day.

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Editorial Reviews

“Alexander’s lucid and convincingly argued book fully demonstrates how ideas ancient in origin continue to shape the contemporary world.” Publishers Weekly
“A lively explanation of how geometry structures aspects of the natural and human worlds…A deep immersion into geometric determinism at its most entertaining.” Kirkus Reviews
“Packed with vivid detail and founded on solid scholarship, [Infinitesimal] is both a rich history and a gripping page turner.” New York Times Book Review on Infinitesimal
“A bracing reminder of the human drama behind mathematical formulas.” Booklist (starred review) on Infinitesimal

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Author Bio: Amir Alexander

Author Bio: Amir Alexander

Amir Alexander teaches history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Infinitesimal (SciAm/FSG, 2014), Geometrical Landscapes, and Duel at Dawn. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and his work has been featured in Nature, and the Guardian, on NPR, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.79
Audience: Adult
Language: English