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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User Review  GoodreadsGot lent this by the same coworker who lent me the book on the history of zero. This one is a bit more formless  Osserman is great at most of the particular bits of description, but when it comes to ... Read full review
Review: Poetry of the Universe
User Review  Ian Mathers  GoodreadsGot lent this by the same coworker who lent me the book on the history of zero. This one is a bit more formless  Osserman is great at most of the particular bits of description, but when it comes to ... Read full review
Contents
Measuring the Unmeasurable  3 
Encompassing the Earth  20 
The Real World  41 
Copyright  
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