Are Numbers Real?

Are Numbers Real?

The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World

Book - 2016
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Presents an accessible, in-depth look at the history of numbers and their applications in life and science, from math's surreal presence in the virtual world to the debates about the role of math in science.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250081049
Branch Call Number: 510 C587A 2016
Characteristics: x, 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jun 19, 2017

Very interesting reading to understand the history of math, how we got from counting goats to use actual math, to explore the relationship between what we see and understand and the critical role math has played (and plays) to model nature, to let us explore situations and concepts we cannot explore directly (quantum physics, space-time relationship, etc.).
The first third of the book is really easy to follow, but later on it requires some knowledge of math to appreciate, in a 100%, the ideas the author exposes. Some diagrams or illustrations could have been useful to help with the visualization of some concepts. If you do not understand it 100%, do not worry, the language is easy and the 2 final chapters are a great summary of the question: do numbers describe reality or they may show us that is more, or are they a construction to model what we see without really understanding what we see?
Good read.


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