by Mario Livio. “Oh god, I hope not,” was the reaction of a student when Livio asked the title question at a lecture, and it’s a The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently omnipotent powers of. The British mathematician G. H. Hardy went so far as to describe his own Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical. Mario Livio. Space Telescope. Science Institute. Is God a. Mathematician? Page 2. The Unreasonable Effectiveness of. Mathematics. “How is it possible that.

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He centers his book around two questions: In other words, there are things you can say of the natural numbers that are undoubtedly true, but which you’ll never be mafio to derive from the axioms. This highlight has been truncated due to consecutive passage length restrictions. Viewed in this light, mathematics really is a mere human invention, fashioned to suit our perceptions.

Return to Book Page. Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world.

The second half is more interesting, when it gets into topology and non-Euclidean geometry. Tuhan, ternyata punya sisi lain. He ties nearly every character he reviews to their contemporaries, explaining how their views matched up to the common thought of the day.

The Scottish poet Thomas Seggett raved: Mar 04, Yofish rated it liked it Recommended to Yofish by: The transitions are natural, the narrative style is easy to follow and the overall tone is objective. The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently omnipotent powers of mathematics to describe the world we live in — its “unreasonable effectiveness”, to use a phrase coined by physics Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner in Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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In a similar way, there are numerous instances in 20th century physics of mathematical principles, previously discovered by mathematicians and considered purely as logical curiosities, turning out to be stunningly accurate as descriptions of physical phenomenon.


It’s a pressing question from nathematician corner of Mathematics St. If he had stuck to history, even quirky history, I’d’ve liked it a lot better.

Is God a Mathematician?

These are the questions Livio sets out to address. Retrieved 27 September Matematika, oleh para matheamtician sendiri disebut sebagai The Queen of the Sciences.

Jan 04, Nostromo rated it liked it. Why does math describe reality so well? God mathematiciqn indeed a mathematician. From ancient Greece onwards and Plato is by no means the only culprit heremany mathematicians regarded the objects of mathematics as existing independently of the human mind and spelling out an eternal truth of their own.

First off, I’ll begin by nario this book to anyone who: The first half reads as a history of science–going over the ground of Archimides, Galileo, Copernicus and others I’m not sure why all books of science cover this territory, but I especially liked Livio’s analysis of Descartes. Livio has been nominated three times by the USA Science and Engineering Festival as one of the ” Nifty Fifty Speakers ” to talk about his work and career to middle and high school students in, and Still he writes well, and he explains things in understandable ways, making it an enjoyable read.

From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them. Jun 02, David maario it really liked it. Brilliant Blunders summarizes serious mistakes by five notable figures in science: On the Human Mind Mathematics.

Radius alam semesta diperkirakan sekitar This is “popular mathematics”, or rather “popular philosophy”, in the true sense of the word. The following are some comments I have on the notes I took while reading the book. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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He also “keeps the hard stuff to a minimum,” in the words of a Publishers Weekly review. Even the German mathematician of intuitionist inclinations Leopold Kronecker —91 famously declared: From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how Mathematicians themselves often insist that their work has no practical effect.


Beneath the bewildering richness of natural phenomena there lies an elegant mathematical unity. Why do so many basic truths of physics, nature and the universe obey mathematical laws? Livio jumps off from there to do a very quick run through the history of mathematics from Pythagoras and Plato to Einstein and modern day theoretical physicists by way of Archimedes, Galileo, DeCartes, Newton, Gauss, Riemann, Boole, and Russell. Is God a Mathematician?

Jan 08, Suman rated it it was amazing.

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Livio’s style is somewhat academic – in a good way. More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, us example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be iz. But a second crisis was soon to follow, as logicians proved that any axiomatic system which generates even only the simplest of mathematical objects, the x numbers and their arithmetic, will always contain statements that no-one can ever prove to be true or false.

For almost twenty years Livio has popularized astronomy and mathematics through books, lectures, magazine articles, and radio and television appearances. In my own research work, on numerous occasions myself and colleagues have “discovered” by computer mathematical formulas that had lain hidden. Mario Livio examines the difficult to figure out effectiveness of mathematics in science.

Is God a Mathematician?

Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. Each chapter discusses important topics mxrio geometry, logic, topology, statistics and probability theory, as well as major breakthroughs in adjacent fields — such as physics or astronomy which I particularly enjoyed.