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Mind Tools: The Five Levels of Mathematical Reality (1987 original; edició 2013)

de Rudy Rucker (Autor)

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This reader-friendly volume groups the patterns of mathematics into five archetypes: numbers, space, logic, infinity, and information. Rudy Rucker presents an accessible introduction to each of these important areas, reflecting intelligence gathered from the frontiers of mathematical thought. More than 100 drawings illuminate explorations of digital versus analog processes, logic as a computing tool, communication as information transmission, and other ""mind tools.""""Mind Tools is an original and fascinating look at various aspects of mathematics that is sure to fascinate the nonmathematician."" - Isaac Asimov ""A lighthearted romp through contemporary mathematics. . . . Mind Tools is a delight."" - San Francisco Chronicle""For those who gave up college mathematics for what seemed more liberal arts, Rudy Rucker's book, Mind Tools, is a dazzling refresher course. . . . He rekindles the wonder that can come from contemplating logarithms, exponential curves and transcendental numbers."" - The New York Times Book Review""One of Rucker's greatest assets is his ability to make complexities comprehensible to the general reader without lecturing."" - The Washington Post""Approaching all of mathematics, and everything else, by way of information theory, Dr. Rucker's latest and most exciting book opens vistas of dazzling beauty - scenes that blend order with chaos, reality with fantasy, that startle you with their depths of impenetrable mystery."" - Martin Gardner… (més)
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Títol:Mind Tools: The Five Levels of Mathematical Reality
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Informació:Dover Publications (2013), Edition: Illustrated, 337 pages
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I think the average rating of 3 is about right for this one. I was hoping for a lot more interesting reading, but over all it was pretty boring with a few bright spots here and there. I have enjoyed a few of Rucker's science fiction novels ("Mathematicians in Love" is probably my favorite) but this did not do it for me. He discusses some pretty complex and abstract ideas on too high a level for generally enjoyable reading. And what is up with the title? I was expecting to be provided with some actual "mind tools"—you know, tools my mind could actually use, but instead got lectured on complexity, space, infinity and information theory. The tie-in to information theory is tenuous at best. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
One of the most lucid books on thinking. Rucker takes a difficult subject and makes it accessible for the general reader - highly recommended!
  sharonandjerry | Jul 3, 2009 |
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Mathematics as Information — The world is colors and motion, feelings and thought . . . and what does math have to do with it? Not much, if "math" means being bored in high school, but in truth mathematics is the one universal science. Mathematics is the study of pure pattern, and everything in the cosmos is a kind of pattern. — The patterns of mathematics can be roughly grouped into five archetypes: Number, Space, Logic, Infinity, and Information. Mind Tools is primarily about information, the newest of these archetypes. The book consists of this Introduction and a chapter each about information in terms of number, space, logic, and infinity.
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This reader-friendly volume groups the patterns of mathematics into five archetypes: numbers, space, logic, infinity, and information. Rudy Rucker presents an accessible introduction to each of these important areas, reflecting intelligence gathered from the frontiers of mathematical thought. More than 100 drawings illuminate explorations of digital versus analog processes, logic as a computing tool, communication as information transmission, and other ""mind tools.""""Mind Tools is an original and fascinating look at various aspects of mathematics that is sure to fascinate the nonmathematician."" - Isaac Asimov ""A lighthearted romp through contemporary mathematics. . . . Mind Tools is a delight."" - San Francisco Chronicle""For those who gave up college mathematics for what seemed more liberal arts, Rudy Rucker's book, Mind Tools, is a dazzling refresher course. . . . He rekindles the wonder that can come from contemplating logarithms, exponential curves and transcendental numbers."" - The New York Times Book Review""One of Rucker's greatest assets is his ability to make complexities comprehensible to the general reader without lecturing."" - The Washington Post""Approaching all of mathematics, and everything else, by way of information theory, Dr. Rucker's latest and most exciting book opens vistas of dazzling beauty - scenes that blend order with chaos, reality with fantasy, that startle you with their depths of impenetrable mystery."" - Martin Gardner

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