Love and math the heart of hidden reality pdf download
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward FrenkelThis area appeared to be pure and abstract, without immediate applications. But we have to realize that fundamental scientific research forms the basis of all technological progress. Often, what looked like the most abstract and abstruse discoveries in math and physics subsequently led to innovations that we now use in our everyday life. Think of the arithmetic modulo primes, for example. When we see it for the first time it looks so abstract that it seems impossible something like this could have any real world applications We should never try to prejudge the potential of a mathematical formula or idea for practical applications. History shows that all spectacular technological breakthroughs were preceded, often decades earlier, by advances in pure research.
Edward Frenkel: Love and Math —The Heart of Hidden Reality
What if you had to take an art class in which you were taught only how to paint a fence, but were never shown the paintings of van Gogh or Picasso? Alas, this is how math is taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching paint dry. Mathematics, he writes, directs the flow of the universe, lurks behind its shapes and curves, holds the reins of everything from tiny atoms to the biggest stars. It is an invitation to discover the hidden magic universe of mathematics. It has been published in 18 languages. Apart from the English language original, it has been published in Brazil where it was on the non-fiction bestseller list for several weeks , Germany Amazon bestseller , Italy, Poland, France Amazon bestseller , Russia science bestseller , Japan non-fiction bestseller list , Spain No. Arabic translation was published in January
Most of us are unaware of the hidden world of mathematics. Mathematics directs the flow of the universe, lurks behind its shapes and curves, holds the reins of everything from tiny atoms to the biggest stars. Frenkel, who became a professor at Harvard at twenty-one, now teaches at Berkeley. Math is a way to describe reality and figure out how the world works, a universal language that has become the gold standard of truth. In our world, increasingly driven by science and technology, mathematics is becoming, ever more, the source of power, wealth, and progress.