ARE NUMBERS REAL? The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World Book
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.
Clegg explores the way that math has become more and more detached from reality, and 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 your eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar entities that are numbers.
6X9 H/B, 288 pp.