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  • ISBN: 9780151003235
  • ISBN10: 0151003238

The Universe and the Teacup: the Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

by Cole, K. C.

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt
  • Publish date: 12/01/2006
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Description: Mathematics, the most robust and breathtaking creation of the human mind, reveals the tiniest particles that make up our world and takes us to the farthest points of the universe. Its power is daunting, and many people are both fascinated and terrified of it.

Here, in The Universe and the Teacup, the noted science writer K. C. Cole demystifies mathematics, showing how it explains the O. J. Simpson verdict, the voting theories that kept Lani Guinier out of office, and the errors that undermine The Bell Curve. Math helps us to break the mind barrier; in its elegance, it simplifies problems so we can understand and solve them. Our search for the truths of the universe could not succeed without math. And Einstein's theory of relativity would never have worked had it not been for a little-known woman mathematician who, in the nineteenth century, discovered the crucial importance of symmetry to math and physics. The story of Emmy Noether and Albert Einstein ends an amazing journey that begins in the human mind and finishes at the edges of the universe.

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