## Poetry of the UniverseAn exciting intellectual tour through the ages showing how mathematical concepts and imagination have helped to illuminate the nature of the observable universe, this book is a delightful narrative "math for poets". Osserman traces the mathematical breakthroughs over the centuries and explains their significance. 40 illustrations throughout. |

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#### Review: Poetry of the Universe

User Review - Michael Fitzpatrick - GoodreadsThe stories and information is good, but the writing is really poor. Also, the explanation of the concepts isn't particularly great. I left the book still not sure what he meant by several ideas. Hawking and Brian Greene are definitely better popular science writers. Read full review

#### Review: Poetry of the Universe

User Review - Dan - GoodreadsAn easy-to-read account of history through the eyes of those who tried to measure and define the dimensions of the Earth, and then the universe. The only problem is that it was written in the mid-1990s so it could use an update on more recent discoveries. Still, I'd recommend it. Read full review

### Contents

Measuring the Unmeasurable | 3 |

Encompassing the Earth | 20 |

The Real World | 41 |

Copyright | |

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