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Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationships Between Maths and the Physical World

Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationships Between Maths and the Physical World

作者 : Brian Clegg

出版社 : Constable & Robinson

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定價 : NT 549

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探討數字的真實性,發現數學與物理世界的神秘關係

你能想像沒有數字發明前的人類是如何生活的嗎?他們如何組織生活,交易物品,或是記錄自身所擁有的財富?如果沒有數字,生活又會如何改變?

數字成為每天日成生活開始一切的表現方式,但數學則快速的成為一個獨立的學科,開創了一個真實與虛擬相互平行的全新世界。知名科普作家布萊恩‧克萊格在本書中,探索數學是如何變得越來越脫離現實,並且不斷推動現代物理學發展。從為了數羊而設計的計算系統,到各種超乎想像的數字、無限,及奇異的數學,再到數學如何直接影響科學發展的辯論過程,這本有趣的作品,將帶領讀者走進一場大開眼界且熟悉又陌生的數字世界。

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.
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