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Poetry of the Universe

Written by Robert Osserman

Poetry of the Universe
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Category: Science - Physics; Mathematics - Research
Imprint: Anchor
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 1996
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47429-0 (0-385-47429-6)
Pages: 224
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Poetry of the Universe is a delightful and compelling narrative charting the evolution of mathematical ideas that have helped to illuminate the nature of the observable universe. In a richly anecdotal fashion, the book explores the leaps of imagination and vision in mathematics that have helped pioneer our understanding of the world around us.  Along the way the book introduces such seminal figures as Leonhard Euler, Carl Friedrich Gauss, and Bernhard Riemann--the Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms of mathematics.

PRAISE FOR POETRY OF THE UNIVERSE

"An elegant introduction to many of the beauties of mathematics and their relationship to the physical world."  --Roger Penrose, author of The Emperor's New Mind

"Lucid, precise and comprehensible...[Poetry of the Universe] joins the very small number of works that allows a non-mathematical audience to share in the essence of the mathematician's delight."  -Boston Globe

"[Osserman] has drawn a picture of the universe that is at once magnificient and truly charming."  --New York Times Book Review

"Thoroughly delightful.  It shows how mathematics and our understanding of the universe evolve together.  Osserman's lucid explanations and passion make this book daring in scope and yet richly personal."  --George F. Smoot, astrophysicist, Unversity of California at Berkeley



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Robert Osserman has been a professor of mathematics at Stanford University since 1955. Since 1990 he has simultaneously served as the deputy director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California.  He has been a Fulbright lecturer, a Guggenheim fellow, and was Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at Stanford from 1973 to 1979.  





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