. Thoughtful, and beautifully written” the washington Post, well-researched, Brilliant Blunders is a wonderfully insightful examination of the psychology of five fascinating scientists—and the mistakes as well as the achievements that made them famous. Linus pauling, the world’s premier chemist, constructed an erroneous model for DNA in his haste to beat the competition to publication.
Astrophysicist fred hoyle dismissed the idea of a “Big Bang” origin to the universe ironically, the caustic name he gave to this event endured long after his erroneous objections were disproven. Darwin’s theory of natural selection shouldn’t have worked, according to the prevailing beliefs of his time.
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Is God a Mathematician?Simon & Schuster #ad - More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? if, mathematics is “a product of human thought that is independent of experience, as Einstein insisted, ” how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us? Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world.
. Is god a mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. Bestselling author and astrophysicist mario livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world.
Is God a Mathematician? #ad - Nobel laureate eugene wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world.
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. These geniuses, a norwegian named Niels Henrik Abel and a romantic Frenchman named Évariste Galois, both died tragically young. The first extensive, popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history.
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The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing NumberBroadway Books #ad - Psychological studies have investigated whether the Golden Ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing proportion extant, and it has been asserted that the creators of the Pyramids and the Parthenon employed it. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places, from mollusk shells, sunflower florets, and rose petals to the shape of the galaxy.
Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. It tells the human story of numerous phi-fixated individuals, including the followers of Pythagoras who believed that this proportion revealed the hand of God; astronomer Johannes Kepler, Bartok, who saw phi as the greatest treasure of geometry; such Renaissance thinkers as mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa; and such masters of the modern world as Goethe, Cezanne, and physicist Roger Penrose.
Wherever his quest for the meaning of phi takes him, beauty, Mario Livio reveals the world as a place where order, and eternal mystery will always coexist. It is believed to feature in works of art from leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali's The Sacrament of the Last Supper, and poets and composers have used it in their works.
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Why?: What Makes Us CuriousSimon & Schuster #ad - Astrophysicist and author mario livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics—curiosity—in this “lively, expert, and definitely not dumbed-down account” Kirkus Reviews as he explores our innate desire to know why. Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation—where they can know only one side of the dialogue—than when they overhear two people talking and know both sides.
. It is the principal driver of basic scientific research. He examined the lives of two of history’s most curious geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. Why does half a conversation make us more curious than a whole conversation? “Have you ever wondered why we wonder why? Mario Livio has, and he takes you on a fascinating quest to understand the origin and mechanisms of our curiosity.
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In the ever-fascinating Why? Livio interviewed scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why we humans are so curious, or about the mechanisms in our brain that are responsible for curiosity.
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the WorldBroadway Books #ad - Rachel swaby’s no-nonsense and needed Headstrong dynamically profiles historically overlooked female visionaries in science, engineering, technology, and math. Ellein 2013, the new york Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. Among the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted were, global, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light? Headstrong delivers a powerful, Who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and engaging response.
It began: “she made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children. It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World #ad - This fascinating tour reveals 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats. Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists. Covering nobel prize winners and major innovators, rachel swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known.
The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the CosmosWiley #ad - Advance praise for the accelerating Universe"The Accelerating Universe is not only an informative book about modern cosmology. As authoritative a journey as can be taken through modern cosmology. Allan sandage, observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. It is rich storytelling and, above all, a celebration of the human mind in its quest for beauty in all things.
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Written by nonfiction comics mainstay jim ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man's life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Safe-cracker. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman's exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death.
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These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American InventorsCandlewick Press #ad - Percy julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing untold people’s pain? These are just some of the black inventors and innovators scoring big points in this dynamic look at several unsung heroes who shared a desire to improve people’s lives. Offering profiles with fast facts on flaps and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins, open-heart surgery, improvements to traffic lights, better, here is a nod to the minds behind the gamma electric cell and the ice-cream scoop, and more — inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, and brighter.
Back matter includes an authors’ note and sources. Kareem abdul-jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's alltime leading scorer, champions a lineupof little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book. Did you know that james west invented the microphone in your cell phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? Or that Dr.
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Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty-one. Now, for the first time, perhaps the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.
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