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Voltaire's Riddle

Micromégas and the Measure of All Things

Voltaire's Riddle( )
Author: Simoson, Andrew J.
Series title:Dolciani Mathematical Expositions Ser.
ISBN:978-0-88385-345-0
Publication Date:Dec 2010
Publisher:American Mathematical Society
Imprint:MAA Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $92.40
Book Description:

Did you know that Voltaire was the first to publish the legend of Isaac Newton discovering gravity upon seeing an apple fall? That he tried for about eight years to be a mathematician. That in 1752 he wrote Micromegas, a story about a French expedition to the arctic (1736-7) whose purpose was to test Newton's controversial theories about gravity? This book is about that story and its underlying mathematics.

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