Nature's Numbers

Nature's Numbers

The Unreal Reality of Mathematical Imagination

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
States that the mental construct of mathematics can provide humankind with a key tool to understanding the world, and discusses the implications of basic math concepts

Book News
A readable investigation of mathematical patterns in nature for students and general readers, illustrating early discoveries, the purpose of mathematics, and concepts in chaos theory with examples from the natural world such as flower petals, animal markings, weather systems, and sand dunes. Includes b&w diagrams. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Mathematics is, Ian Stewart admits, totally unreal - an entirely mental construct. Furthermore, the complicated equations and lengthy proofs we usually identify as math are no more the essence of math than a musical score is a Beethoven symphony. Yet math is the best tool we have for understanding the world around us. By looking at the universe through mathematical eyes, we have discovered a great secret: nature's patterns are clues to the deep regularities that govern the way the world works.
Mathematics is to nature as Sherlock Holmes is to evidence. It can look at a single snowflake and deduce the atomic structure of ice crystals; it can start with a violin string and uncover the existence of radio waves. And mathematics still has the power to open our eyes to new and unsuspected regularities: the secret structure of a cloud or the hidden rhythms of the weather.
Nature's Numbers will equip you with a mathematician's eyes. It will take you sight-seeing in a mathematical universe. And it will change the way you view your own world.

Baker
& Taylor

Stating that the mental construct of mathematics can provide humankind with a key tool to understanding the world in which we live, the author of Does God Play Dice? covers basic math concepts and their implications.

Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, c1995.
ISBN: 9780465072736
0465072739
Branch Call Number: 510 STE
Characteristics: x, 164 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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