Mario Livio. Space Telescope. Science Institute. Is God a. Mathematician? Page 2. The Unreasonable Effectiveness of. Mathematics. “How is it possible that. "Oh god, I hope not," was the reaction of a student when Livio asked the title question The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently. Is There a God? Bertrand Russell The question whether there is a God is one which is decided on very different grounds.
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Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history's greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract. is God a Mathematician Hans Jonas PDF - Free download as PDF File .pdf) or view presentation slides online. Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio - Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history's greatest mathematicians.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. This book does nothing more than provide an excellent history of the debate regarding the origins of math i. Detailed discussion: This book comprises an intriguing metaphysical debate of math, but noting more.
Otherwise, it is basically a summary of the metaphysical debate over the last years, with no resolution of the debate to date.
From my own personal experience, this book did nothing to expand my mind, other than providing me with information regarding a debate of which I was not previously aware. At best I am left with some information that I can use in future cocktail party conversations assuming the right audience.
If you are interested in abstract and so-called "mind-expanding" debates, then this book is for you.
If not, then don't waste your time with this book. There is very little "math" in it, and even less theology. Kindle Edition Verified download. Livio has written a very detailed, interesting history of many of the great thinkers in mathematics, and by extension, physics. The accounts of Pythagorus, Archimedes, Galileo, Decartes, Newton were familiar, but Livio added some quite interesting details.
I especially enjoyed the histories of some less-famous thinkers such as the Bernoulli bothers, John Graunt, Halley, Pearson, George Boole, etc. The story of The overarching question that the book poses -- whether mathematics is an invention of man or an inherent characteristic of the design of our universe -- is not really necessary and sometimes is a distraction from the interesting historical account. Livio does a great job in explaining the conventional wisdom and state of human thought during the period of each new breakthrough, and so helps the reader understand the progression of understanding through the ages.
However, the book was easily comprehendible even with those editing errors. I'm a Mathematician from early years through university and some graduate level courses. I'd heard of this book and wanted to check it out as I always thought , Mathematics was the language of our universe.
Not overly technical in explanations of theories. This is not a page turner and yet the concept of the book is fascinating. Why does math seem to have the predictive value it does for things happening in the real world? Not only is this a great question to struggle with but the history in this book is really interesting to delve into.
Who are the great mathematicians and why?
This is a interesting book on many levels. But be warned this is not a book for everyone. We ready the book for a book study group and the group was split on their feelings about it. But if you are interested in math, history, or philosophy I think you will enjoy it. This a a fantastic book. The author takes you on a tour of the history of mathematics, from Pythagoras through Archimedes, Galileo, Newton and many others with an eye toward trying to answer the question: No subject is explored too deeply, mainly because the topics are so broad and far ranging, but they are covered with enough depth to give you a good understanding of the concepts involved.
While this book won't answer all of your questions, it will give you a good base of knowledge as to what math really is. The title might mislead the naive.
There is no "theology" in the book. The book addresses the question of whether mathematics is invented or discovered. Livio presents quotations supporting both opinions, and some ambiguous evidence and reasoning. The book is well written, and accessible to non-mathematicians. For me there were no surprises, and some of the most convincing arguments for the "discovery" side of the argument were left out.
Euler's formula: Plus, Livio doesn't seem to discriminate between the notation, which is obviously a human invention, and the underlying reality, which would be true if no human had ever lived. The value of Pi remains the same whatever base it is expressed in.
So, I gave it four stars. It is a nice, but unchallenging read.
This book could have been much better. That because it promises what it doesn't deliver: The author builds up nicely from the history of the subject up to the last chapter where he is supposed to tackle the problem as promised. Yet he comes up with a and eclectic "solution" that is really an evasion or a cop out.
Nonetheless, the book is well written and clarifies a lot of mathematical problems, other than the main one. See all reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about site Giveaway.
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