The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math by Manil Suri (University of Maryland) (Hardback)

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9781324007036
Published:
20 Sep 2022
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Hardback
Dimensions:
432 pages - 229mm x 152mm x mm
Weight:
0.100kgs
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An engaging and imaginative tour through the fundamental mathematical concepts-from arithmetic to infinity-that form the building blocks of our universe.

Our universe has multiple origin stories, from religious creation myths to the Big Bang of scientists. But if we leave those behind and start from nothing-no matter, no cosmos, not even empty space-could we create a universe using only math? Irreverent, richly illustrated, and boundlessly creative, The Big Bang of Numbers invites us to try. In this new mathematical origin story, mathematician and novelist Manil Suri creates a natural progression of tools needed to design our world, starting with numbers and continuing through geometry, algebra, and beyond. He reveals the secret lives of real and imaginary numbers, teaches them to play abstract games with real-world applications, detours into physics, and discovers beautiful patterns hidden in plain sight. Offering both surprising new perspective for math aficionados and an accessible introduction for anyone daunted by calculation, The Big Bang of Numbers proves that we can all fall in love with math.

About the Author: Manil Suri is a distinguished mathematics professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus. Author of three acclaimed novels, including The Death of Vishnu, he is a former contributing opinion writer at the New York Times. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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