by Mario Livio. “Oh god, I hope not,” was the reaction of a student when Livio asked the title question at a lecture, and it’s a The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently omnipotent powers of. The British mathematician G. H. Hardy went so far as to describe his own Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical. Mario Livio. Space Telescope. Science Institute. Is God a. Mathematician? Page 2. The Unreasonable Effectiveness of. Mathematics. “How is it possible that.

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In my own research work, on numerous occasions myself and colleagues have “discovered” by computer mathematical formulas that had lain hidden. The book contains biographical sketches of Galois, Abel and several other mathematicians.

In a similar way, there are numerous instances in 20th century physics of mathematical principles, previously discovered by mathematicia In livo book, Livio addresses the question of why the principles and laws of mathematics seem so “unreasonably effective” in explaining i physical world.

The catchy title is somewhat misleading, as Livio, gld astrophysicist, does not really look at any aspect of God. But if your eyes glaze over at the idea of reading about math, Livio does not apologize for the depth of the material nor the intellectual wrestling it requires.

Is God a Mathematician?

My library Help Advanced Book Search. My favorite part was when the author was For those who are thrown off by the title, the book mainly addresses the questions of why mathematics is so effective at modeling reality and whether mathematics was invented or discovered. In other words, there are things you can say of the natural numbers that are undoubtedly true, but which you’ll never be able to derive from the axioms. But there’s a lot of good math history in theremini-biographies of Newton, Galileo, Descartes, Aristotle among others.

They were not dreamers enough to arrive at new points of view, which could give more fundamental control over the forces of nature. As the title suggests, the main focus of the book is represented by the existence of various paradigms describing how we should approach mathematics, among which two stand out as poles apart: It’s boring, boring, boring, boring, boring.


Did this book inspire you to create a new question or hypothesis?

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. With elegance and clarity, Mario Livio charts how, through science and mathematics, we have come to glimpse the fundamental rules on which the universe runs. The Skeptic and the Giant. The meat of mathematics were not Mzthematician geometric shapes or Pythagoras’s numbers, but the rules imposed by logic. This view of mathematics as not only a livvio thought experiment, but an “imperfect” one at that, is a long way from the divine truth envisioned by the likes of Plato and Descartes.

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The Hardy-Weinberg law allows population geneticists to predict how genes are transmitted from one generation to the next, and Hardy’s work on the theory of numbers found unexpected implications in the development of codes. He explored the possible causes and the theoretical implications of continuing expansion, especially its implications for beliefs about the “beauty” of the scientific laws that govern the cosmos.

The historical sections were good, but there was nothing too new from what I already new. Gets a little thick towards the end as Livio addresses statistics.

Instead, I suggest that mathematics is partly created and partly discovered. In the Amthematician, Russell and Whitehead defended the view that mathematics was basically an elaboration of the laws of logic, with no clear demarcation between them.

Liviio and SchusterJan 6, – Mathematics – pages. On the question of why math so effectively describes the physical world, Livio is still a bit baffled as we all should be. Dalam ilmu fisika, kita mengenal marik alam yang begitu eksak, spesifik dan memerankan peranan penting. The mere fact that some mathematical results have been found independently by people in different lands speaks against such notions.

Read the book and decide for yourself what the answer is. As a language of the Universe that resides in a world external to the human mind, maths did indeed rule supreme for a long time, until the nineteenth century when it was hit by a major crisis.

Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit Is God a Mathematician? He provides his short version of an answer to the question at the end, although he is sure to show how both sides of the argument continue to be discussed.


Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores livko ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us mahtematician intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world.

I thoroughly reject the views of cultural relativists in this area. Whether or not you end up going along with them probably depends on how strong your prejudices about maths were to start with. The British mathematician G. He traced the influence of the golden ratio through many centuries of art, architecturemusicand even stock market theories.

Furthermore, if mathematics is invented, how come some of its concepts were found practical applications long after their invention? Lists with This Book. At the beginning of the twentieth century efforts were made mathematifian unify all of mathematics into a single abstract and axiomatic system. Geometers How several revolutionary thinkers flipped euclidean geometry on its head, and made way to a new era in mathematics Logicians I have to highlight the following: Alam semesta seolah sudah dijelajahi sampai ke pelosoknya alias semua kekuasaanNya sudah terpetakan.

W Crime Children’s Books. Livio reviews the history of math, from Pythagoras to modern mathematicians such as Lobachevsky, who discovered hyperbolic geometry, and Kurt Godel, who showed that attempts to “prove” the axioms of mathematics consistent are doomed to failure.

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Books by Mario Livio. I will add for the nonconversant with mathematical equation the book has a very limited amount of these.

Mathematics is ultimately both invented and discovered. Livio provides a wonderful review of the various issues, presents a wide variety of opinions, and in addition some fascinating insights of his own. Hardcoverpages. The rules that western mathematicians throughout the centuries had chosen to adopt are by no means the only ones available, they are simply the ones that chime best with our perception of the abstract aspects of the physical world.

Time and time again, mathematics just happens to fit the bill perfectly.

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