9781250081049

Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World

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  • ISBN13:

    9781250081049

  • ISBN10:

    1250081041

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/6/2016
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Summary

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 readerís eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar entities that are numbers.

Author Biography

BRIAN CLEGG holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children. He is the author of Ten Billion Tomorrows, Gravity, Extra Sensory, Final Frontier, 30-Second Physics and The God Effect among others.

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