The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

by K. C. Cole
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The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
stacy23 More than 1 year ago
Being a person that is not very good at mathmatics and always dreads the thought of not only solving math problems, but now reading about the abstract ablitilys of math and the universe i was not thrilled. At first glance i suspects this book would be boring and not the least bit interesting, but author K.C Cole proved me wrong. This book actually simplifies the abstract ideas of math which can be used in many examples in the universe. Cole seems to understand that most people see mathmatics as difficult and pointless in the beginning of the book then he beings to break the ideas into smaller concepts that make math seem more important than many would think. He goes on to explain that mathmatics deals with many polictical and social inventions and it even works hand in hand with science. Ideas such as history, religion, family and pyshcology all deal with math. Even justice systems and fairness are all solved with mainly mathmatics. This book proves that math is a way to better understand reality. It is worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Universe and the Teacup" deeply examines the complex field of mathematics and simplifies it by applying math to many entities in the world. In her book K.C. Cole writes about the importance of understanding mathematics not only as a way to add and subtract numbers but also as a way of thinking. "The Universe and the Teacup" is divided into four sections; "Where Mind Meets Math," "Interpreting the Physical World," "Interpreting the Social World," and "The Mathematics of Truth." In the first section Cole examines the great difficulties that people encounter with interpreting how large and how small a number really is in comparison to others. Cole also proves how we avoid certain "risks" that really are not very harmful to us at all (statistically, that is), and how the "small" risks we do take are really much more dangerous to us, regardless of contrary belief. In "Interpreting the Physical World" the author focuses on measurements and discusses how every measurement we use boils down to quantity. The third section of this book deals with the issue of fair voting, and here Cole explains to the reader that our voting system in the United States really is not very fair by alluding to the studies done by law professor Lani Guinier. Finally, the fourth section of this book focuses on chance and why things happen. "The Universe and the Teacup" is a great book which really makes the reader question our world. It provides the reader with a whole new perspective of mathematics and how it really does apply to everything we do.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In her non-fiction book titled "The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty," K.C. Cole, a science writer for the Los Angeles Times, takes her readers on a beautiful journey through the ins and outs of science, astrology and math. Science and math become attainable to any reader as she relates these often intimidating topics with other more beloved topics such as psychology, biology, anthropology, sociology, law, theology and poetry. I highly recommend this book for math or science educators. Math becomes so much more relevant as Cole points out its place in every day aspects of life, in the beauty of nature, and how we use math to quantify and qualify our lives. She is inspiring and can easily be referenced to inspire students who may be struggling to see the relevance of math and science in their lives.
Riacord1 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that anyone, who is willing to learn, should read. This opens up a person's mind to what math can do for people in everyday situations and a better understanding of math. It's very interesting how Cole connects such topics with math, and they match perfectly! It's also very well written; not too complicated, and not too easy.
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cate30 More than 1 year ago
As student who has never really been into Astronomy, I really liked this book. It made me look at the universe (and everything inside it) in a different way than I usually see it. The numbers that make up our universe surprised me. For example, the fact that many people cannot determine the difference between one million and one billion, or one million to one trillion. The fact that when placed on a number line, one to one trillion, one million and one trillion would not be any where near each other. Another thing that grabbed my attention was the idea that everything in the universe is symmetrical but the way that things work is because of broken symmetry; "stars, water droplets, neurons," are similar, "but add up to complex [things like] galaxies, clouds, minds." I was also intrigued by the fact that the only way for astronomers to find new stars or get closer to stars is by clearing away the "noise." Like you would clear the noise of a room to listen to one specific conversation, astronomers clear away particles from the sky to see more clearly. I really enjoyed reading this book and changing the way that I see our universe.