An awesome, globe-spanning, and New York Times best-selling journey through the beauty and power of mathematics
What if you had to take an art class in which you were only taught how to paint a fence? What if you were never shown the paintings of van Gogh and Picasso, weren't even told they existed? Alas, this is how math is taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching paint dry.
In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we've never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt and passionate book, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures, time, and space.
Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man's journey learning and living it. Having braved a discriminatory educational system to become one of the twenty-first century's leading mathematicians, Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of math in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program. Considered by many to be a Grand Unified Theory of mathematics, the Langlands Program enables researchers to translate findings from one field to another so that they can solve problems, such as Fermat's last theorem, that had seemed intractable before.
At its core, Love and Math is a story about accessing a new way of thinking, which can enrich our lives and empower us to better understand the world and our place in it. It is an invitation to discover the magic hidden universe of mathematics.
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About the Author
Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously on the faculty at Harvard University. The winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics, he has contributed articles to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, Slate, and the Scientific American blog.
Table of Contents
A Guide for the Reader
1. A Mysterious Beast
2. The Essence of Symmetry
3. The Fifth Problem
5. Threads of Solution
6. Apprentice Mathematician
7. The Grand Unified Theory
8. Magic Numbers
9. Rosetta Stone
10. Being in the Loop
11. Conquering the Summit
12. Tree of Knowledge
13. Harvard Calling
14. Tying the Sheaves of Wisdom
15. A Delicate Dance
16. Quantum Duality
17. Uncovering Hidden Connections
18. Searching for the Formula of Love
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful book that gives the reader a deep sense of what modern mathematics is about and what it is like to be a mathematician. The author is on a mission to open up the hidden universe of mathematics to everyone. He presents fascinating ideas, such as the Langlands Program, in an accessible and entertaining way, using analogies we can all relate to. Math comes alive as humanity's infinite quest for truth and beauty. Author's passion for mathematics is palpable, and this is what makes this book such an enjoyable read. His personal story is gripping and moving. He says in the Preface that after reading this book, "mathematics will get under your skin and your worldview will never be the same". In my opinion, he delivers on this promise.
This relatively short volume is well-written and incredibly interesting. It gives you enough autobiography to understand the obsessive nature of mathematical talent. It explains enough of modern math to make me want to learn more about a subject I hadn't re-visited since college.