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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest… (udgave 2019)

af Graham Farmelo (Forfatter)

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A groundbreaking exploration of how the interplay of physics and mathematics has enriched our understanding of the universe - essential reading for anyone who wants to grasp how physicists are attempting, in Stephen Hawking's words, to 'know the mind of God'. One of the great mysteries of science is that underlying all the complexities of the universe is a harmonious order, whose existence Einstein described as 'a miracle'. No less miraculous, the fundamental laws of the universe can be written in the language of advanced mathematics. Searching for these laws, physicists have found themselves developing ambitious mathematical ideas without experiment as their guide. In The Universe Speaks in Numbers, Graham Farmelo demonstrates how today's greatest scientific minds are working in a tradition that dates back to Newton. He takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment, through the breakthroughs of Einstein and Dirac, to the contemporary physicists and mathematicians who are shedding fascinating light on each other's disciplines. As Farmelo shows, this blossoming relationship between mathematics and physics is responsible for huge, redefining advances in our understanding of reality, space and time. Always lively, vivid and authoritative, Farmelo guides the reader through the most thrilling and controversial developments in contemporary thought. LISTEN TO THE ACCOMPANYING PODCAST featuring interviews with leading scientists at www.grahamfarmelo.com 'A superbly written, riveting book. In elegant prose, and using virtually no equations, Farmelo describes the ongoing quest of great thinkers to understand the bedrock nature of reality' Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge 'I am overcome with admiration for this book's range and profundity ... An amazing achievement' Michael Frayn, award-winning writer of Copenhagen 'Masterful ... a riveting account of one of the greatest stories of our time' Nima Arkani-Hamed, Professor at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton… (mere)
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Titel:The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets
Forfattere:Graham Farmelo (Forfatter)
Info:Basic Books (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 336 pages
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Nøgleord:Science (Physics), 300

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Well presented and mostly understandable even to a layman like me. Long been familiar with Galileo's one liner about the language of the universe being written in mathematics but it seems that was just the beginning in more ways than you can imagine. The core of the book is really the relationship between maths and empirical research or even the swing between the two. The maths wing has become more predominant lately, not least because of the (astronomical!) expense of serious research at the frontiers. What is amazing and hard to grasp is how sheer mathematical calculation and speculation can tell us about the real world producing stuff that can get confirmed even generations later. Interesting to find that string theory remains the leading contender for explaining everything but still has no confirming results. So n o change since I last looked into the matter 30 years ago!
The book gives fine character portraits of the leading players, mostly men of course, but surprisingly international; plenty of Chinese, Argentinians, etc. (Not in the book, but one of today's avant grade maths men is Kurdish! )It gets a bit harder to follow as the tale develops, leaving behind what one might have heard of at school and juggling a plethora of exotically named particles that may or may not exist. ( )
  vguy | Oct 30, 2019 |
Farmelo seems to intend this work partly to be a counterpoint to Jim Baggott's _Farewell to Reality_ (2013) and Sabine Hossenfelder's _Lost in Math_ (2018). He extols the benefits that pure mathematics and theoretical physics can confer on each other. Pointing out that the two disciplines suffered a deep estrangement between the middle 1940s and the early 1970s, he portrays Einstein and Dirac as exemplars of his view before the break and others (such as Atiyah on gauge theories, Witten on string theories, Maldacena on dualities, and Arkani-Hamed on the amplituhedron calculational tool) as playing a similar role after it. He concludes that "[t]he universe is whispering its secrets to us, in stereo" (p 260).
  fpagan | Jul 30, 2019 |
Only just 60 pages in, but this is great, a must read I think for anyone interested in physics ( )
  JanGillett | Jul 13, 2019 |
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A groundbreaking exploration of how the interplay of physics and mathematics has enriched our understanding of the universe - essential reading for anyone who wants to grasp how physicists are attempting, in Stephen Hawking's words, to 'know the mind of God'. One of the great mysteries of science is that underlying all the complexities of the universe is a harmonious order, whose existence Einstein described as 'a miracle'. No less miraculous, the fundamental laws of the universe can be written in the language of advanced mathematics. Searching for these laws, physicists have found themselves developing ambitious mathematical ideas without experiment as their guide. In The Universe Speaks in Numbers, Graham Farmelo demonstrates how today's greatest scientific minds are working in a tradition that dates back to Newton. He takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment, through the breakthroughs of Einstein and Dirac, to the contemporary physicists and mathematicians who are shedding fascinating light on each other's disciplines. As Farmelo shows, this blossoming relationship between mathematics and physics is responsible for huge, redefining advances in our understanding of reality, space and time. Always lively, vivid and authoritative, Farmelo guides the reader through the most thrilling and controversial developments in contemporary thought. LISTEN TO THE ACCOMPANYING PODCAST featuring interviews with leading scientists at www.grahamfarmelo.com 'A superbly written, riveting book. In elegant prose, and using virtually no equations, Farmelo describes the ongoing quest of great thinkers to understand the bedrock nature of reality' Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge 'I am overcome with admiration for this book's range and profundity ... An amazing achievement' Michael Frayn, award-winning writer of Copenhagen 'Masterful ... a riveting account of one of the greatest stories of our time' Nima Arkani-Hamed, Professor at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton

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