Prime The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets (English Edition)Author Graham Farmelo –

Without using equations, except a few times mostly for aesthetic reasons, Farmelo explains how math has affected both discoveries in physics and the directions it has taken He also shows why physicists have resisted high level math in the past and even sometimes now and discusses the relation or lack of it between higher math in theoretical physics and actual and possible experiments The discussion suggests both the promise and limitations of physics to explain the world Both the non physicist and non mathematician can learn much from this book, even if some explanations slip over the reader s head. A Riveting Account Of One Of The Greatest Stories Of Our Time Graham Farmelo Has Delved Deep Into This Fascinating Subject, Combining Original Scholarship And Lively Interviews With Leading Contemporary Theorists At The Forefront Of The Field The Result Is A Masterful Book, Which Gives Us, For The First Time, A Behind The Scenes Look At How Physicists And Mathematicians, Driven By Their Pursuit Of Ultimate Truth, Have Been Drawn Into Common Territory By Mysterious Intellectual Forces Seemingly Beyond Their Control Nima Arkani Hamed, Professor, Institute Of Advanced Study, PrincetonCrisply Written, Entertaining And Extraordinarily Well Informed The Most Popular And Elegant Theories Of What Makes The Cosmos Tick Are Becoming Harder Even Impossible To Test Directly But Graham Farmelo Argues In This Tour De Force That They Re Still Taking Us Deep Into The Mathematical Heart Of Reality Roger Highfield, Author, Journalist, And Director Of External Affairs At The Science Museum, LondonA Thought Provoking Look At A Fierce, Ongoing Controversy Over The Future Of Theoretical PhysicsKirkusI Am Overcome With Admiration For Its Range And Profundity An Amazing Achievement Michael FraynThis Fascinating, Splendidly Readable, Extensively Researched, And Remarkably Up To Date Book Takes Readers From The Days Of Newton To The Forefront Of Modern Theoretical Physics And Shows How Current Research Has Reshaped The Fields Of Physics And Mathematics To The Enrichment Of Both Jeremy Gray, Emeritus Professor, Open UniversityFarmelo Expertly Narrates The History Of The Dynamic Dance Between Mathematics And Theoretical Physics, From Newton To Einstein To String Theory And Beyond This Book Will Be A Must Read For Anyone Interested In Either Subject S History Or Present For Many Years Ahead Jacob Bourjaily, Associate Professor Of Physics, Niels Bohr International Academy, Copenhagen University A Superbly Written, Riveting Book In Elegant Prose, And Using Virtually No Equations, Farmelo Describes The Ongoing Quest Of Great Thinkers To Understand The Bedrock Nature Of Reality, From The Microworld To The Cosmos Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Emeritus Professor Of Cosmology And Astrophysics, University Of Cambridge These Are Brilliant Successes Of The Mathematical Approach, And Farmelo Leads Us Through Them Adeptly, With A Mixture Of Contemporary Accounts And Scientific InsightNatureMathematics Here Becomes A Brilliant Laser Beam Illuminating The Very Frontiers Of ScienceBooklist STARREDWill Pure Mathematics Prevail Over Dogged Experiments In Investigating The Physical World Is The Fulfillment Of The Pythagorean Dream Of A Mathematical Universe Finally At Hand Mr Farmelo, Deeply Impressed With The Accomplishments Of Einstein, Dirac And String Theorists, Is OptimisticWall Street JournalHow Math Helps Us Solve The Universe S Deepest Mysteries One Of The Great Insights Of Science Is That The Universe Has An Underlying Order The Supreme Goal Of Physicists Is To Understand This Order Through Laws That Describe The Behavior Of The Most Basic Particles And The Forces Between Them For Centuries, We Have Searched For These Laws By Studying The Results Of Experiments Since The S, However, Experiments At The World S Most Powerful Atom Smashers Have Offered Few New Clues So Some Of The World S Leading Physicists Have Looked To A Different Source Of Insight Modern Mathematics These Physicists Are Sometimes Accused Of Doing Fairy Tale Physics , Unrelated To The Real World But In The Universe Speaks In Numbers, Award Winning Science Writer And Biographer Farmelo Argues That The Physics They Are Doing Is Based Squarely On The Well Established Principles Of Quantum Theory And Relativity, And Part Of A Tradition Dating Back To Isaac Newton With Unprecedented Access To Some Of The World S Greatest Scientific Minds, Farmelo Offers A Vivid, Behind The Scenes Account Of The Blossoming Relationship Between Mathematics And Physics And The Research That Could Revolutionize Our Understanding Of Reality A Masterful Account Of The Some Of The Most Groundbreaking Ideas In Physics In The Past Four Decades The Universe Speaks In Numbers Is Essential Reading For Anyone Interested In The Quest To Discover The Fundamental Laws Of Nature The early part of the book describing Newtonian physics was well done The book breaks down when it deals with twentieth century math and physics It describes the use of complicated mathematics without describing the basis of the complexity The book also describes a barrier between physics and mathematics without describing the discrepancies By attempting to avoid mathematics, it makes many of the concepts described incomprehensible. Farmelo wrote a fantastically good book on Paul Dirac On the strength of that effort, I had high hopes for this book But I found it totally superficial and selective with the main theme in mind Actually you can save a lot of time by just reading the book s title You won t walk away from this book understanding how or why math and physics connect, nor will you have learned either math or physics. Dr Farmelo weaves the tapestry of natural philosophy and quantum physics from Copernicus to Witten in a very compelling and approachable manner This book is amazing.