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Riassunto: From the mysterious cult of Pythagoras, to the awesome mechanics of Stonehenge, to the fearsome "gargoyles" and glorious fractals created on the computer screens of today, Pickover evokes the power of numbers and their connection with the search for the ultimate meaning of the universe. We learn that individuals through the ages have conjured numbers to predict the end of the world, to raise the dead, to find love, and to sway the outcome of wars. Even today, Pickover shows, serious mathematicians sometimes resort to mystical or religious reasoning when trying to convey the power of mathematics. Together we uncover mathematics in the most exquisite forms of nature - from the delicate shape of a spider web, to the curling spiral of a shell. We discover fractals in the branching patterns of blood vessels, plants, and mountain roots. And we grasp the power of a few simple concepts - including the gravitational constant and the speed of light - that control the destiny of the universe. Prepare yourself for a strange and often amusing journey. Let The Loom of God unlock the doors of your imagination through thought-provoking mysteries, puzzles, and problems on topics ranging from ancient Greek astronomy to Armageddon. A playground for computer hobbyists, an inspiring tome for science fiction aficionados, and an adventurous education for the curious in theology, astronomy, mathematics, and history, this book delivers a world of paradox and mystery. The Loom of God promises a creative, enticing, and unforgettable excursion along the vast tapestry, woven through history, of mathematics and the divine.
Review: The Loom of God takes an entertaining, indeed playful, look at numbers and mathematical patterns and the mystical properties that have often been ascribed to them. Clifford Pickover takes you on a romp through numerological history, introducing both its characters (such as the great mathematician Pythagoras) and its concepts: triangle numbers, "perfect" numbers, Fibonnaci numbers, and more. Pickover describes how ancient--and sometimes no-so-ancient--cultures and religions interpreted the significance of various numbers; he examines the geometry of Stonehenge and considers the probability of earth's annihilation by collision with an asteroid. While many authors could chronicle the history of mathematics and its relationship with mysticism and religion, few could do it with the verve and flair that Pickover manages.
Titolo: The Loom of God: Mathematical Tapestries at ...
Casa editrice: Plenum Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1997
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Plenum Press. Condizione libro: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover, if applicable). The spine and cover may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can This item was a donation to Goodwill of Greater Washington. Thanks for your order from Goodwill of Greater Washington. Codice libro della libreria G-03-07872
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Descrizione libro Plenum Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2752779696
Descrizione libro Plenum Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Acceptable. May contain significant cover/edge/spine damage. Dust jacket may be missing or damaged. Supplemental material may not be included. Fine reading copy. Ships Fast! Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Codice libro della libreria mon0000553296
Descrizione libro Basic Books, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0306454114
Descrizione libro Plenum Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Jacket in Very Good condition. No markings throughout. Nice clean copy. Family owned since 1989. Selling online since 1995. Exceptional shopping experience, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Codice libro della libreria mon0000563298
Descrizione libro Plenum Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. hardback book and dust jacket in as new condition, clean, tight and unmarked, philosophy, religion and science interest. Book. Codice libro della libreria 22386
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