Poetry of the Universe

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 27, 2011 - Science - 224 pages
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In the bestselling literary tradition of Lewis Thomas's Lives of a Cell and James Watson's The Double Helix, Poetry of the Universe is a delightful and compelling narrative charting the evolution of mathematical ideas that have helped to illuminate the nature of the observable universe. In a richly anecdotal fashion, the book explores teh leaps of imagination and vision in mathematics that have helped pioneer our understanding of the world around us.
 

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POETRY OF THE UNIVERSE: A Mathematical Exploration of the Cosmos

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Osserman addresses all those humanities lovers who, in high school or college, screwed up their brows in consternation when confronted by a differential equation and said, ``Why do I need to know that ... Read full review

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The 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

PREFACE
PRELUDE
CHAPTER IMeasuring the Unmeasurable
CHAPTER IIEncompassing the Earth
CHAPTER IIIThe Real World
CHAPTER IVImaginary Worlds
CHAPTER VCurved Space
CHAPTER VIThe Invisible Universe
The Observable Universe
CHAPTER VIIIAnother Dimension
CHAPTER IXA Galaxy of Shapes
POSTLUDE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES
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