Loading... ## The equation that couldn't be solved : how mathematical genius discovered… (original 2005; edition 2005)## by Mario Livio (Author)
## Work detailsThe Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry by Mario Livio (2005)
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. No current Talk conversations about this book. Like reading five books , so much information. I keep picturing Galois ( group theory ) as being Elric from Full Metal Alchemist. ( Probably not far off really ) " ANYTHING can be transformed ! " ( ) While the concept of symmetry is fascinating I think that it's application to particle physics may be like applying circles to planetary motions. Nature just isn't symmetric. This book includes a great history of the mathematics of Group Theory. This book would make a good biography of Abel and Galois but is really a book about maths and not a maths book (if you can see the distinction). We get the intimate details of the two mathematicians' lives but their actual discoveries seem to be an addendum to the book as a whole. If you want a popular history and have a basic mathematical knowledge this is for you but I wouldn't recommend it if you want to exit the process knowing something about Galois theory. How ignorant I am. Both times now that I've read a book by Mario Livio, I've thought that it was a great topic, but that someone else would have done a better job of writing about it. no reviews | add a review
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What do Bach's compositions, Rubik's Cube, the way we choose our mates, and the physics of subatomic particles have in common? All are governed by the laws of symmetry, which elegantly unify scientific and artistic principles. Yet the mathematical language of symmetry-known as group theory-did not emerge from the study of symmetry at all, but from an equation that couldn't be solved. |
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