Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality

Basic Books, 1 okt. 2013 - 288 pagina's
An awesome, globe-spanning, and New York Times bestselling journey through the beauty and power of mathematics

What if you had to take an art class in which you were only taught how to paint a fence? What if you were never shown the paintings of van Gogh and Picasso, weren't even told they existed? Alas, this is how math is taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching paint dry.

In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we've never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt and passionate book, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures, time, and space.

Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man's journey learning and living it. Having braved a discriminatory educational system to become one of the twenty-first century's leading mathematicians, Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of math in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program. Considered by many to be a Grand Unified Theory of mathematics, the Langlands Program enables researchers to translate findings from one field to another so that they can solve problems, such as Fermat's last theorem, that had seemed intractable before.

At its core, Love and Math is a story about accessing a new way of thinking, which can enrich our lives and empower us to better understand the world and our place in it. It is an invitation to discover the magic hidden universe of mathematics.

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Gebruikersrecensie  - Northlaw - LibraryThing

I echo the remarks of the other reviewers concerning the math portions of the book. As well meaning as the author's intention may have been to make areas of math accessible, I'm afraid the technical ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - tungsten_peerts - LibraryThing

I very much enjoyed Frenkel's book, but although I am eager to re-read it I am intent on doing so using a paper copy: whether it was due to poor Kindle formatting or my own (lack of) familiarity with ... Volledige review lezen


A Guide for the Reader
A Mysterious Beast
The Essence of Symmetry
The Fifth Problem
Threads of the Solution
Apprentice Mathematician
Conquering the Summit
Tree of Knowledge
Harvard Calling
Tying the Sheaves of Wisdom
A Delicate Dance
Quantum Duality
Uncovering Hidden Connections
Searching for the Formula of Love

The Grand Unified Theory
Magic Numbers
Rosetta Stone
Being in the Loop
Glossary of Terms

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Over de auteur (2013)

Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously on the faculty at Harvard University. The winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics, he has contributed articles to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, Slate, and the Scientific American blog.

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