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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This short, delightful book is essential reading for those educated in the liberal and fine arts who have never had the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of mathematics and physics. Osserman, a ... Read full review

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Osserman’s study in astrophysics---so vital to mathematics---floods the mind. Math and art join for eruptive results being both asymmetrical and symmetrical. Poetry of math is delineated with (Osserman, 136) “Gravity is geometry” though erudite scientists claimed this was “nonsense” and thus termed the very thought of such as “Voodoo Physics.” In Osserman’s “Mathematical Exploration of the Cosmos” the reader finds mystery and imagination coupling along with expansion and contraction of the cosmos. Explosive theories explained simply and once read it may close or open doors to a universe denied to the inflexible. Required reading for anyone involved in teaching or discussing physics!  


CHAPTER IMeasuring the Unmeasurable
CHAPTER IIEncompassing the Earth
CHAPTER IVImaginary Worlds
CHAPTER VCurved Space
CHAPTER VIThe Invisible Universe
The Observable Universe
CHAPTER VIIIAnother Dimension
CHAPTER IXA Galaxy of Shapes

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