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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Apr 28, Lammoth rated it it was amazing. If you are interested in the relationship between science and mathematics, this book should be of interest to you. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.

Simon and SchusterJan 6, – Mathematics – pages. Even if the central questions of this book leave you cold, it’s worth reading simply as an introductory, if selective, mathematical history. A very comprehensive account, the only small defect being that the final conclusive part seems a bit rushed.

But a second crisis was soon to follow, as logicians proved that any axiomatic system which generates even only the simplest of mathematical objects, the natural numbers and their arithmetic, will always contain statements that no-one can ever prove to be true or false.

Whether or not you end up going along with them probably depends on how strong your prejudices about maths were to start with. In the end, Livio’s personal answers to the questions don’t matter as much as the enjoyment of the journey he takes What accounts for the uncanny ability of mathematics to model the physical world?

To accomplish this goal, he spends the vast majority of the book walking us back through the history of math and identifies what the greatest minds of mathematics thought about the issue. Plato, as Livio tells us, thought that even astronomers should “leave the heavens alone” and concentrate on the “laws of motion in some ideal, mathematical world, for which the observable heaven is a mere illustration. Why does math describe reality so well? WaPo review Feb The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently omnipotent powers of mathematics to describe the world we live in — its “unreasonable effectiveness”, to use a phrase coined by physics Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner in See 1 question about Is God a Mathematician?


Along the way, Livio provides a fascinating mini-history of the development of math, biographies of some of the greatest mathematicians and some of the most lovely and puzzling aspects of math.

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The answer to the question “Is God a Mathematician” depends very much on your world view. The catchy title is a little misleading. One notable example here is the magnetic moment of the electron, whose measured value matches mathematical calculations, based on the QED theory, to digit accuracy. Maybe this is part of what it means to be created in the image of God. Then the mysteries are as follows: The British mathematician G. There is much to suggest that mathematics comes from our observations of our physical environment and that there is a innate way our brains make sense of those observations through mathematics.

Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit Is God a Mathematician? Jan 08, Suman rated it it was amazing. Never really gets around to ‘answering’ that question, and the final chapter is pretty disappointing. Read the book and decide for yourself what the answer is. The book contains biographical sketches of Galois, Abel and several other mathematicians.

Finally, Livio addresses the fundamental question of what is mathematical reality — the Platonic view that math really is there somewhere and we just discover it, to more radical interpretations, such as the claims by some that it is only a ‘social construct’.

However, this book holds its ground and keeps you entertained by trying to tackle a slightly different question: Things You Might Find Interesting The book is marlo in to several chapters, each of which deals with a different id, with its own set of important people – some who hold a Platonistic point of view, others who hold a Formalistic point of view.

Humans commonly invent mathematical concepts and discover the relations among those concepts.

Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio

This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them. The transitions are natural, the narrative style is easy to follow and the overall tone is objective. This non-fiction read explores an issue I’ve never mentally wrestled with before.

In a similar way, there are mathemayician instances in 20th century physics of mathematical principles, previously discovered by mathematicians and considered purely as logical curiosities, turning out to be stunningly accurate as descriptions of physical phenomenon.


Dan Anda akan terkejut, terpesona dan takjub. May 22, Gendou rated it really liked it Shelves: Still he writes well, and he explains things in understandable livko, making it an enjoyable read.

We may side with the Platonists, admitting our perceived world is just shadows on the cave wall, or the formalists, who our many systems to be constructs designed by the human brain. It discusses the uncanny ability of mathematics to describe mathemattician predict accurately the physical world.

Is God a Mathematician?

Retrieved from ” https: One of Euclid’s original axioms, however, did not appear that self-evident, and for centuries mathematicians had tried to prove that it followed directly from the others, so that it could in fact be left out. Livio’s style is somew First off, I’ll begin by recommending this book to anyone who: Livio also attempts to answer a question with which mathematicians and philosophers have struggled for centuries: The part I found most fascinating was the last pages, where Livio goes into modern mathematixian enigmas and outlines the developments of the last years.

Livio shows great talent at bringing you into the mindset of each time period. He also “keeps the hard stuff to a minimum,” in the words of a Publishers Weekly review.

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He does not pontificate. The book won the Peano Prize and the International Mahematician Prize for popular books on mathematics. Mario Livio embarks on a journey throughout history to find some kind of an answer to this question. Nov 30, Kyle rated it it was ok. When you’re doing maths, you certainly feel like you’re discovering, because you’re ia by the rules of the game — that’s your weekday activity. Archimedes, so we learn, tended to forget food and personal hygiene when working on his geometry some things never change and Galileo was actually unable to withstand the pressure of the church and ended up issuing an unqualified retraction of his revolutionary views on the solar system.