In this fascinating and richly illustrated book, Dana MacKenzie brings to life the 4,000-year history of mathematics through the lives and work of its greatest practitioners. Discover the world's simplest equation and what it means Find out how Newton's Laws of Motion help us do everything from building bridges to predicting the weather. See how mathematics got nasty and personal in 16th-century Italy. Understand how Newton and Leibniz unlocked the key to mastering infinity with the fundamental theorem of calculus. Find out how Fermat's Last Theorem was solved after 350 years.