## 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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#### POETRY OF THE UNIVERSE: A Mathematical Exploration of the Cosmos

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User Review - LukeS - LibraryThingThe clever Dr. Osserman engages us laymen in a basic cosmological discussion - the twist being his use of Dante's description of the universe. We get by and by to the hypersphere, in which the ... Read full review

### Contents

Measuring the Unmeasurable | 3 |

Encompassing the Earth | 20 |

The Real World | 41 |

Copyright | |

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