PI in the Sky: Counting, Thinking, and Being

By John D. Barrow

John D. Barrow's Pi within the Sky is a profound -- and profoundly various -- exploration of the area of arithmetic: the place it comes from, what it truly is, and the place it's going to take us if we stick to it to the restrict in our look for the last word that means of the universe. Barrow starts off by way of investigating even if math is a simply human invention encouraged through our useful wishes. Or is it whatever inherent in nature ready to be discovered?

In answering those questions, Barrow offers a bridge among the often irreconcilable worlds of arithmetic and theology. alongside the best way, he treats us to a background of counting worldwide, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to logical friction, from quantity mysticism to Marxist arithmetic. And he introduces us to a number of surprising people who have proposal the various private and strangest techniques that human minds have ever notion, from Lao-Tse to Robert Pirsig, Charles Darwin, and Umberto Eco. Barrow hence offers the old framework and the highbrow instruments essential to an knowing of a few of today's weightiest mathematical ideas.

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