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Are Numbers Real? : The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World (Hardcover) (Brian

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Have you ever wondered what humans did before numbers existed? How they organized their lives, traded goods, or kept track of their treasures? What would your life be like without them?

Numbers began as simple representations of everyday things, but mathematics rapidly took on a life of its own, occupying a parallel virtual world. In Are Numbers Real?, Brian Clegg explores the way that math has become more and more detached from reality, and yet despite this is driving the development of modern physics. From devising a new counting system based on goats, through the weird and wonderful mathematics of imaginary numbers and infinity, to the debate over whether mathematics has too much influence on the direction of science, this fascinating and accessible book opens the reader’s eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar entities that are numbers.

Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Mathematics
Sub-Genre: Number Theory
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Brian Clegg
Language: English
Street Date: December 6, 2016
TCIN: 51409532
UPC: 9781250081049
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-8667
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