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Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the… (edició 2016)

de Brian Clegg (Autor)

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Have you ever wondered what humans did before numbers existed? How they organized their lives, traded goods, or kept track of their treasures? What would your life be like without them? Numbers began as simple representations of everyday things, but mathematics rapidly took on a life of its own, occupying a parallel virtual world. In Are Numbers Real?, Brian Clegg explores the way that math has become more and more detached from reality, and yet despite this is driving the development of modern physics. From devising a new counting system based on goats, through the weird and wonderful mathematics of imaginary numbers and infinity, to the debate over whether mathematics has too much influence on the direction of science, this fascinating and accessible book opens the reader's eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar entities that are numbers.… (més)
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Títol:Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World
Autors:Brian Clegg (Autor)
Informació:St. Martin's Press (2016), 304 pages
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Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World de Brian Clegg

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I don't think I'll ever become a math or physics whiz from reading these books, but I did feel like I (mostly) understood the concepts being explained, which is good enough for me (and the intention of the author). This one erred a bit more to the physics than I was expecting (note: no use of the actual word "physics" in the title), and I would have preferred a bit more of a mathematical read, but that's nitpicking.

Spoiler alert: it seems like numbers might indeed be real, in some cases surprisingly real. Pi popped up in one place that we would never expect it, for one instance.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve! ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
From the invention of numbers through the use of mathematics in the latest attempts at a theory of everything, examines just what mathematics really is and what we can expect from it. ( )
  jefware | Jun 1, 2018 |
This book is a good read, and discusses items not often found in popular works. The first chapter on "Counting Sheep' introduces what mathematicians mean by real, and the relation of their enterprise to knowledge of the universe. 'Counting Goats" takes us back to the beginning of the symbols used for symbols, and how difficult they were to use for Greeks and Latins (as compared to our Arabic figures of today). Fractions, Euclid, nd measuring systems follow, all told in an engaging manner. Clegg finishes the book with discussing quantum symmetry, and the stretch between mathematics and the rest of science. ( )
  vpfluke | Feb 7, 2017 |
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Have you ever wondered what humans did before numbers existed? How they organized their lives, traded goods, or kept track of their treasures? What would your life be like without them? Numbers began as simple representations of everyday things, but mathematics rapidly took on a life of its own, occupying a parallel virtual world. In Are Numbers Real?, Brian Clegg explores the way that math has become more and more detached from reality, and yet despite this is driving the development of modern physics. From devising a new counting system based on goats, through the weird and wonderful mathematics of imaginary numbers and infinity, to the debate over whether mathematics has too much influence on the direction of science, this fascinating and accessible book opens the reader's eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar entities that are numbers.

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