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The Universe Speaks in Numbers

Graham Farmelo

A groundbreaking exploration of how the interplay of physics and mathematics has enriched our understanding of the universe – essential reading for anyone who wants to grasp how physicists are attempting, in Stephen Hawking’s words, to ‘know the mind of God’.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571321827
Date Published
07.01.2021
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Summary

‘A superbly written, riveting book.’
MARTIN REES, Astronomer Royal

‘I am overcome with admiration for its range and profundity. An amazing achievement.’
MICHAEL FRAYN

‘A wonderful book.’
TOM STOPPARD

A groundbreaking exploration of how the interplay of physics and mathematics has enriched our understanding of the universe – essential reading for anyone who wants to grasp how physicists are attempting, in Stephen Hawking’s words, to ‘know the mind of God’.

Searching for the fundamental laws of the universe, physicists have found themselves developing ambitious mathematical ideas. But without observation and experiment as their guide, are they now doing ‘fairy-tale physics’ as their detractors claim?

In The Universe Speaks in Numbers, Graham Farmelo argues that today’s greatest scientific minds are working in a tradition that dates back to Newton. He takes us on an adventure, from the Enlightenment to the breakthroughs of Einstein and Dirac, to the work of modern physicists and mathematicians shedding light on each other’s disciplines, to their mutual surprise and excitement. This blossoming relationship is responsible for huge advances in our understanding of space and time – and as Farmelo explains, could redefine reality as we know it.

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Critic Reviews

I am overcome with admiration for its range and profundity. An amazing achievement.

Michael Frayn
Critic Reviews

A wonderful book.

Tom Stoppard
Critic Reviews

A superbly written, riveting book.

Martin Rees
Critic Reviews

Fascinating and elegantly written.

Manjit Kumar, Guardian
Critic Reviews

'Farmelo deftly retraces the growing realisation that maths can unlock understanding of real phenomena … [he] provides a rich history of this interplay, along with a well-informed account of how it has worked in recent decades.'

Irish Times
Critic Reviews

'A rich survey of the growing connections between pure mathematics and fundamental physics... Farmelo has worked in some of the world's most prestigious research centres and spoken to many leading theorists... rewarding.'

Literary Review
GrahamFarmelo

Graham Farmelo is a Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and an Affiliate Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. He edited the best-selling It Must be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science in 2002. His biography of Paul Dirac, The Strangest Man, won the 2009 Costa Biography Award and the 2010 Los Angeles Times Science Book Prize.

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