The calculus made modern science possible, but it was the algorithm that made possible the modern world.
Berlinski is at his best as he discusses everything from the Tower of Babel as a metaphor for modern science, to his friendship with Marcel Schützenberger.
I knew I wanted to choose someone who wrote beautifully. He, however, was someone I didn’t know, and I could not predict his views on intelligent design.
Many centuries prior to the rise of modern science, the philosophers of antiquity recognized the inherent rationality of the natural word.
“Many will read this book for the close, elegant reasoning, the astonishing erudition, or the mordant analysis. I confess I read it for the prose.”