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 How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets
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"These are brilliant successes of the mathematical approach, and Farmelo leads us through them adeptly, with a mixture of contemporary accounts and scientific insight." (Nature)
How math helps us solve the universe's deepest mysteries
One of the great insights of science is that the universe has an underlying order. The supreme goal of physicists is to understand this order through laws that describe the behavior of the most basic particles and the forces between them. For centuries, we have searched for these laws by studying the results of experiments.
Since the 1970s, however, experiments at the world's most powerful atomsmashers have offered few new clues. So some of the world's leading physicists have looked to a different source of insight: modern mathematics. These physicists are sometimes accused of doing "fairytale physics", unrelated to the real world. But in The Universe Speaks in Numbers, awardwinning science writer and biographer Farmelo argues that the physics they are doing is based squarely on the wellestablished principles of quantum theory and relativity, and part of a tradition dating back to Isaac Newton.
With unprecedented access to some of the world's greatest scientific minds, Farmelo offers a vivid, behindthescenes account of the blossoming relationship between mathematics and physics and the research that could revolutionize our understanding of reality.
A masterful account of the some of the most groundbreaking ideas in physics in the past four decades, The Universe Speaks in Numbers is essential listening for anyone interested in the quest to discover the fundamental laws of nature.
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Critic reviews
"Mathematics here becomes a brilliant laser beam illuminating the very frontiers of science!" (Booklist, starred)
"A thoughtprovoking look at a fierce, ongoing controversy over the future of theoretical physics." (Kirkus)
"A riveting account of one of the greatest stories of our time. Graham Farmelo has delved deep into this fascinating subject, combining original scholarship and lively interviews with leading contemporary theorists at the forefront of the field. The result is a masterful book, which gives us, for the first time, a behindthescenes look at how physicists and mathematicians, driven by their pursuit of ultimate Truth, have been drawn into common territory by mysterious intellectual forces seemingly beyond their control." (Nima ArkaniHamed, professor, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton)
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 By: Mario Livio
 Narrated by: Tom Parks
 Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
 Unabridged

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For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries. Working independently, two prodigies ultimately proved that the quintic cannot be solved by a simple formula. The first popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history.


Historical Perspective Appreciated
 By Michael Hanrahan on 012220
By: Mario Livio

The Story of Western Science
 From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory
 By: Susan Wise Bauer
 Narrated by: Julian Elfer
 Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
 Unabridged

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Far too often, public discussion of science is carried out by journalists, voters, and politicians who have received their science secondhand. The Story of Western Science shows us the joy and importance of reading groundbreaking science writing for ourselves and guides us back to the masterpieces that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves.


Good text, tedious book structure
 By Diane K. on 100715
By: Susan Wise Bauer

Our Mathematical Universe
 My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
 By: Max Tegmark
 Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
 Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
 Unabridged

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Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mindboggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.


Wow!
 By Michael on 020214
By: Max Tegmark

Spooky Action at a Distance
 The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Timeand What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything
 By: George Musser
 Narrated by: William Hughes
 Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
 Unabridged

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What is space? It isn't a question that most of us normally stop to ask. Space is the venue of physics; it's where things exist, where they move and take shape. Yet over the past few decades, physicists have discovered a phenomenon that operates outside the confines of space and time. The phenomenon  the ability of one particle to affect another instantly across the vastness of space  appears to be almost magical.


Rambling but Asks Good Questions
 By Michael on 121915
By: George Musser
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 By: Leonard Mlodinow
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 Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space  in the living room or in some other galaxy  have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.


Wow!
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