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Poesia dell'universo. L'esplorazione matematica del cosmo

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La convinzione che la matematica abbia molto in comune con la poesia è assai diffusa fra i matematici. Perché dunque molti studenti manifestano un’avversione e una chiusura così ostinate e totali verso la matematica, considerandola un sapere freddo e arido? Osserman e altri professori della Stanford University giunsero alla conclusione che la colpa è soprattutto dell’inseg ...more
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Published June 10th 2010 by Longanesi (first published 1995)
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Daniel Bastian
"Studying mathematics in order to understand the laws of physics is not unlike learning enough of a foreign language to capture some of the special flavor and beauty of prose or poetry written in that language. In the process, one may well become fascinated by the language itself." (pp. 169-170)

Mathematics has always occupied the mythical verge between reality and abstraction, between beauty and physics. For those acquainted with its rhythms, descending into the mathematical realm is like peekin
Poetry of the Universe (1996) begins with a beautiful vantage: to tell the story of how scientific and mathematic discoveries revealed our world and our universe (in a process that is, of course, still unfolding). Moving from ancient revelations of geometry (literally, "measuring the earth") through the problems of making maps of an ellipsoidal earth to shifting conceptions of the shape of the universe, these tales are told briskly, in less than two hundred pages. It therefore gives the impressi ...more
I picked this up from the library without any real expectations for it. I ended up being surprised about how well written it was. Some of the mathematics mentioned can be hard to get your head around but the clear and concise language used made it exponentially easier to understand. This book definitely changed my perception of the universe and was especially great to read after books like A Brief History of Time and Michio Kaku's Hyperspace.
Maurizio Codogno
L'appunto principale che mi sento di fare a questo libro è che il titolo è assolutamente fuorviante. Sì, è lo stesso dell'edizione originale, e il motivo è spiegato nella quarta di copertina: secondo Osserman la matematica che serve per spiegare la fisica è spesso bella di suo e quindi poetica. Io non sono d'accordo con l'affermazione, ma il libro è davvero bello: solo che avrei preferito fosse intitolato come il sottotitolo, L'esplorazione matematica del cosmo. L'opera tratta proprio di questo ...more
Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
With such striking title my first impression was: Heck, this is going to be fun! But it delivers much more than expected. This is about a guy using simple language to describe outstanding breakthroughs. He managed to put together a bunch of ingenious people who changed our view permanently. His endeavour shows how sexy the universe is, together with some tools to undress it a bit. Enjoy!
Es un libro que realza el valor del ingenio matemático y su influencia en el desarrollo de las teorías físicas. Es muy sencillo, aunque a veces las explicaciones matemáticas son confusas para el ojo no entrenado. Además parece que estuviese cortado a la mitad, y las anotaciones muchas veces son innecesarias. Merece un "Bueh..."
An easy-to-read account of history through the eyes of those who tried to measure and define the dimensions of the Earth, and then the universe. The only problem is that it was written in the mid-1990s so it could use an update on more recent discoveries. Still, I'd recommend it.
Michael Fitzpatrick
The stories and information is good, but the writing is really poor. Also, the explanation of the concepts isn't particularly great. I left the book still not sure what he meant by several ideas. Hawking and Brian Greene are definitely better popular science writers.
Interesting book. Short. Author lost me around Riemman's introduction, but it is not too bad. Not exactly sure how I got from measuring the size of the Earth to the Retrosphere. Still, a decent brisk read.
Jeff Free
scientific/mathmatical exploration of the unknown, ends up being quite philosophical
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