## Poetry of the UniverseIn 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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### Contents

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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