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by Mario Livio. “Oh god, I hope not,” was the reaction of a student when Livio asked the title question at a lecture, and it’s a The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently omnipotent powers of. The British mathematician G. H. Hardy went so far as to describe his own Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical. Mario Livio. Space Telescope. Science Institute. Is God a. Mathematician? Page 2. The Unreasonable Effectiveness of. Mathematics. “How is it possible that.

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Even the brief description I have presented so far already provides overwhelming evidence of a universe that is either governed by mathematics or, at the very least, susceptible to analysis through mathematics. He spends most of the book setting the stage for that, by reviewing critical developments in math and its use for modeling, from ancient Greece to the 21st century. How can this be?

He says it’s both: True Crime Children’s Books. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Livio’s historical accounts trace the changes in the understanding of mathematics through the ages, from the mathematical mysticism of the Pythagoreans, to Newton’s superhuman effort to not only explain, but also predict physical reality, and with an incredible degree of accuracy at that. In fact, Livio deftly avoids the topic altogether, even when discussing the persecution of the church on Copernicus and Galileo.

But are we being misled by a sort of observational bias? Euclid’s geometry, which had been assumed to be universally woven into the fabric of nature, was only one of several self-consistent alternatives. The second half is more interesting, when it gets into topology and non-Euclidean geometry. In the Elements Euclid set out the rules of mathematical exposition as they are still followed today: Skip to main content.


Or, in Livio’s words, how do we wrestle with the “unreasonable effectiveness” of math This non-fiction read explores an issue I’ve never mentally wrestled with before. Or even more provocatively: He seems to side with the AntiPlatonist argument in the end.

The earliest philosophers were Greeks who occupied themselves mainly with the relations between God and Nature, and dealt with Man separately.

Mario Livio embarks on a journey throughout history to find some kind of an answer to this question. Mario Livio examines the Neoplatonic ideas of the origin of Mathematics as well as the AntiPlatonist argument.

‘Is God a mathematician?’

Livio’s point explains a remark made by Philip David and Reuben Hersh, that mathematicians are Platonists on weekdays, and non-Platonists on Sundays. But despite its frightening title, the book’s appeal could not be broader.

Dan Brownauthor of The Da Vinci Codeendorsed the book stating, “Livio unveils the history and mystery of the remarkable number phi in such a way that math-buffs and math-phobes alike can celebrate her wonder The book is too much of a philosophical detective story for me to give the game away and tell you what they are.

This work on geometry is probably the most-read book of all time apart from the bible — another illustration of the surprising longevity of mathematics.

Of course, just because he is a theist does not make him wrong or right on the mathematical issue.

These questions, as Livio points out, are not new. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered?

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I think those of you who have more experience with math and its history might not find anything new iw this book — but it’s still a fun read which you could breeze through and enjoy. Livio reviews the history of math, mathematiccian Pythagoras to modern mathematicians such as Lobachevsky, who discovered hyperbolic geometry, and Kurt Godel, who showed that attempts to “prove” the axioms of mathematics consistent are doomed to failure. The Romans were a great race, but they were cursed by the sterility which waits upon practicality.


Is mathematics purely a human construct, an external reality, or something in between. Brilliant Blunders summarizes serious mistakes by five notable figures in science: Mathsmatician ancient Greece onwards and Plato is by no means the only culprit heremany mathematicians regarded the objects of mathematics as existing independently of the human mind and spelling out an eternal truth of their own.

He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Chapter seven covers the logicians and formalists attempts to secure the foundations of mathematics. In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet. But the philosophy stuff just seemed thrown in there matyematician that he’d have an excuse to write a book; it never really led anywhere.

To throw light on his mystery, Livio takes us on mathematiccian whirlwind tour of over two millennia of mathematical history, alighting at periods that were populated by the greatest mathematical innovators, including, for example, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton.