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    • ISBN:9781472139771
    • Publication date:02 Feb 2017

Are Numbers Real?

The Uncanny Relationships Between Maths and the Physical World

By Brian Clegg

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An in-depth but always fun exploration of the history of numbers and their applications in life and science. Brian Clegg shows how maths has become more and more detached from reality, despite driving the development of modern physics.

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 maths has become more and more detached from reality, 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 world of numbers.

Biographical Notes

BRIAN CLEGG is a prize-winning science writer with a physics degree from Cambridge and a masters in the mathematical discipline operational research. He has written over 20 science books and articles for newspapers and magazines from The Observer and Wall Street Journal to BBC Focus and Playboy. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.

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  • ISBN: 9781472139764
  • Publication date: 02 Feb 2017
  • Page count: 304
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