Poetry of the Universe: A Mathematical Exploration of the Cosmos

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This short, delightful book is essential reading for those educated in the liberal and fine arts who have never had the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of mathematics and physics. Osserman, a Stanford University professor who developed a math and physics course for humanities majors, manages to convey some of the fascination of these two fields without getting involved in technical details and without talking down to his audience. His seamless development leads the reader almost effortlessly from the early efforts of the ancients to measure the earth through the open problems in modern cosmology. Strongly recommended.-Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385474290
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 805,872
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prelude 1
I Measuring the Unmeasurable 3
II Encompassing the Earth 20
III The Real World 41
IV Imaginary Worlds 61
V Curved Space 76
VI The Invisible Universe 93
VII Looking Back: The Observable Universe 101
VIII Another Dimension 125
IX A Galaxy of Shapes 142
Postlude 169
Acknowledgements 171
Notes 174
Index 201
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  • Posted March 31, 2012

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    Mind-stretching

    An enthralling short read of the surface/shape/form of the universe we exist in by mapping the mathematical history of, well, mapping, from two-dimensional representations of Earth to theoretical surfaces with surprising qualities. Osserman explains the math through easy metaphors and has included a notes section with actual equations and further information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2000

    One of the BEST explanations of our universe

    It is a wondefull book, read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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