PI in the Sky: Counting, Thinking, and Being

PI in the Sky: Counting, Thinking, and Being

by John D. Barrow
     
 

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John D. Barrow's Pi in the Sky is a profound — and profoundly different — exploration of the world of mathematics: where it comes from, what it is, and where it's going to take us if we follow it to the limit in our search for the ultimate meaning of the universe. Barrow begins by investigating whether math is a purely human invention inspired by our

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John D. Barrow's Pi in the Sky is a profound — and profoundly different — exploration of the world of mathematics: where it comes from, what it is, and where it's going to take us if we follow it to the limit in our search for the ultimate meaning of the universe. Barrow begins by investigating whether math is a purely human invention inspired by our practical needs. Or is it something inherent in nature waiting to be discovered?

In answering these questions, Barrow provides a bridge between the usually irreconcilable worlds of mathematics and theology. Along the way, he treats us to a history of counting all over the world, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to logical friction, from number mysticism to Marxist mathematics. And he introduces us to a host of peculiar individuals who have thought some of the deepest and strangest thoughts that human minds have ever thought, from Lao-Tse to Robert Pirsig, Charles Darwin, and Umberto Eco. Barrow thus provides the historical framework and the intellectual tools necessary to an understanding of some of today's weightiest mathematical concepts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A history of--and reflection upon--the role of mathematics in the human enterprise. (Oct.)
Booknews
Famous cosmologist and prolific author John Barrow explores the origin and nature of mathematics and explains the important implications of the numerous unanswered questions in our search for a theory of everything. He weaves together a history of math that illuminates its far-reaching capabilities and its intrinsic limitations, its proven and unproven theories, and its pervasive impact on the way people think and live. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316082594
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
10/19/1993
Edition description:
1st Paperback Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author


About the Author:
John D. Barrow is Professor in the Astronomy Centre of the University of Sussex. His is the author of several highly acclaimed volumes on the philosophy of science, including most recently Theories of Everything, which Publishers Weekly hailed as "a mind-boggling intellectual adventure."

University of Sussex

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