Are Numbers Real?

The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World
Product Number: EB00671915
Released: Dec 06, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781466892965
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Description

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 reader's eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar entities that are numbers.

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Author(s): Brian Clegg
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Dec 06, 2016

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