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The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told through…

by Dana Mackenzie

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If you like the history math and science and find certain equations beautiful then you will enjoy this as much as I did. Otherwise I am sure you would never even consider picking it up! ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Given that important examples of real equations are displayed, this book makes for fairly easy and quick reading. Handsomely produced and illustrated. One thing it has in common with Ian Stewart's titularly similar but arguably meatier book is the appearance of the financial field's Black-Scholes equation as the last example.
  fpagan | Feb 9, 2013 |
For general readers, a beautifully illustrated history of mathematics and science told through 24 major equations. The history spans 4,000 years and is organized by time periods. The author also won the JPBM (Joint Policy Board of Mathematics) announced in January 2012 which is awarded for a body of writing.
  zenosbooks | Sep 9, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0691152829, Hardcover)

Most popular books about science, and even about mathematics, tiptoe around equations as if they were something to be hidden from the reader's tender eyes. Dana Mackenzie starts from the opposite premise: He celebrates equations. No history of art would be complete without pictures. Why, then, should a history of mathematics--the universal language of science--keep the masterpieces of the subject hidden behind a veil?

The Universe in Zero Words tells the history of twenty-four great and beautiful equations that have shaped mathematics, science, and society--from the elementary (1+1=2) to the sophisticated (the Black-Scholes formula for financial derivatives), and from the famous (E=mc2) to the arcane (Hamilton's quaternion equations). Mackenzie, who has been called "a popular-science ace" by Booklist magazine, lucidly explains what each equation means, who discovered it (and how), and how it has affected our lives.

Illustrated in color throughout, the book tells the human and often-surprising stories behind the invention or discovery of the equations, from how a bad cigar changed the course of quantum mechanics to why whales (if they could communicate with us) would teach us a totally different concept of geometry. At the same time, the book shows why these equations have something timeless to say about the universe, and how they do it with an economy (zero words) that no other form of human expression can match.

The Universe in Zero Words is the ultimate introduction and guide to equations that have changed the world.

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Mathematics. Most popular books about science, and even about mathematics, tiptoe around equations as if they were something to be hidden from the reader's tender eyes. Dana Mackenzie starts from the opposite premise: He celebrates equations. No history of art would be complete without pictures. Why, then, should a history of mathematics, the universal language of science, keep the masterpieces of the subject hidden behind a veil? "The Universe in Zero Words" tells the history of twenty-four great and beautiful equations that have shaped mathematics, science, and society, from the elementary (1+1=2) to the sophisticated (the Black-Scholes formula for financial derivatives), and from the famous (E=mc2) to the arcane (Hamilton's quaternion equations). Mackenzie, who has been called 'a popular-science ace' by Booklist magazine, lucidly explains what each equation means, who discovered it (and how), and how it has affected our lives. Illustrated in color throughout, the book tells the human and often-surprising stories behind the invention or discovery of the equations, from how a bad cigar changed the course of quantum mechanics to why whales (if they could communicate with us) would teach us a totally different concept of geometry. At the same time, the book shows why these equations have something timeless to say about the universe, and how they do it with an economy (zero words) that no other form of human expression can match. "The Universe in Zero Words" is the ultimate introduction and guide to equations that have changed the world. Popular Science;… (more)

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