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Are numbers real? : the uncanny relationship of mathematics and the physical world

Author: Brian Clegg
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents an accessible, in-depth look at the history of numbers and their applications in life and science, from math's surreal presence in the virtual world to the debates about the role of math in science.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Clegg
ISBN: 9781250081049 1250081041
OCLC Number: 932576610
Description: x, 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Counting sheep --
Counting goats --
All is number --
Elegant perfection --
Counting sand --
The emergence of nothing --
He who is ignorant --
All in the imagination --
The amazing mechanical mathematical universe --
The mystery of "maybe" --
Maxwell's mathematical hammer --
Infinity and beyond --
Twentieth-century mathematical mysteries --
Symmetry games --
Cargo cult science?
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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.  Read more...

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