One to Nine: The Inner Life of Numbers

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Doubleday Canada, May 12, 2009 - Mathematics - 328 pages
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Have you ever thought about the uniqueness and simplicity of One, or what it means to be Two? Is Four really so square and why are there Seven days of the week, Seven deadly sins, or even Seven wonders of the world? In One to Nine, Andrew Hodges brings numbers to life. Inspired by the popularity of Sudoku – and millennia of human attempts to figure things out – this pithy, kaleidoscopic book takes a fresh, witty and hands-on approach to such various topics as musical harmony, code breaking, and probabilities in poker and lotteries. It probes the surprising symmetries of time, space, matter, and forces. It even goes to the heart of what computers can do.

Andrew Hodges weaves together the inner life of numbers – the patterns of primes and powers that we try to grasp, and that have us in their grip. Accessible to anyone with a general curiosity and interest in puzzles, One to Nine might even have you completing a fiendish Sudoku in record time.


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Oxford University mathematician and physicist Hodges (Alan Turing: The Enigma) focuses in nine chapters on the nine integers from one to nine (although the first chapter also includes some necessary ... Read full review

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'Open' your right brain before you open the book...
Some of the folks who have responded negatively to the 'metaphysical' free associations made by Andrew Hodges are NOT understanding something
vital to how the universe/world is structured.
Carl Jung said alchemy was the archetypal language which permeates all expression of thought, which is front and center and accessible.
'Archetype' can be shown to be a universal language, allowing access to an inner guide, helping to confirm that all around us are the underlying laws of the ASYMMETRICAL universe that we inhabit.
The folks who want to dismiss this book fail to acknowledge that truth manifests in many forms.
I am glad A. Hodges did not pen the usual quantum/physics/math drivel.
That kind of 'narrow mindedness' in its ignorance of the other 'sciences', often seeks to negate the life's work of fellas like Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell who were heavy promoters of the word 'archetype'.
Tell me how archetype differs from how Murray Gel Mann developed his QED, and his eight fold path?
I can show you how it corresponds.
And that is the language of alchemy and archetype, it is based on correspondences.
Thus a math = music = myth/scripture is a valid formula.
Have a nice day math only nerds stuck inside your Rubiks cube.
Is it not obviously apparent there is more to the world than just empirical numbers wielded by the empirical emperors seeking to maintain control of the status quo?
A 11 dimensional string theory lacking music is what?
'One to Nine' is a good book for those who wish to find the higher dimensions by comparing some of the common denominators mixing science concepts with religious and mythical narratives that share the same archetypal form.
For those seeking truths using other languages, other than math this is a thrice greatest book.
Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus! Thoth!
Shanti Shanti Shanti
Holy Holy Holy
I would also HIGHLY recommend as companion guide, "The Mystery of Numbers' by Annemarie Schimmel.
namaste
Raphael
 

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About the author (2009)

Andrew Hodges is the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, the story of the British computer pioneer and codebreaker. He is active in research into fundamental physics and is a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford University.


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