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The fifth postulate : how unraveling a two-thousand-year-old mystery unraveled the universe

Author: Jason Socrates Bardi
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2009.
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Jason Socrates Bardi tells the story of how the reluctant discovery of the strangely parallel, triumphant, and tragic lives of János Bolyai, Carl Friedrich Gauss, and Nikolai Lobachevsky came to the same profound conclusion. It examines a world of science in which the objective quest for new truth is inhibited by blind adherence to an old, unproven postulate, mainly because of fear that, if it were untrue,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Socrates Bardi
ISBN: 9780470149096 0470149094
OCLC Number: 213765771
Description: xi, 253 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A mathematician's Waterloo --
The strange vegetarian cult and mathematics --
The mystery maker --
Those false and would-be proofs --
A codebreaker's fix --
Searching for Ceres --
The dim light of exhaustion --
Gauss's little secret --
Lessons of curvature --
To stir the nests of wasps --
A strange new world --
A message for you, Ambassador --
"To praise it would be to praise myself" --
The birth of electronic communication --
The imaginary man from Kazan --
The soul of the universe --
The curvature of space.
Responsibility: Jason Socrates Bardi.
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Jason Socrates Bardi tells the story of how the reluctant discovery of the strangely parallel, triumphant, and tragic lives of János Bolyai, Carl Friedrich Gauss, and Nikolai Lobachevsky came to the same profound conclusion. It examines a world of science in which the objective quest for new truth is inhibited by blind adherence to an old, unproven postulate, mainly because of fear that, if it were untrue, everything that was known about geometry, nature, and the universe itself would have to change.--[book jacket].

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