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# The Mathematical Mechanic: Using Physical Reasoning to Solve Problems

by
Mark Levi

Everybody knows that mathematics is indispensable to physics--imagine where we'd be today if Einstein and Newton didn't have the math to back up their ideas. But how many people realize that physics can be used to produce many astonishing and strikingly elegant solutions in mathematics? Mark Levi shows how in this delightful book, treating readers to a host of entertaining ...more

Hardcover, 200 pages

Published
July 1st 2009
by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 2009)

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L'idea di Mark Levi è semplice: invece che usare la matematica per dimostrare le proprietà fisiche, lui ha usato le proprietà fisiche per dimostrare le proposizioni matematici, a partire dal teorema di Pitagora in poi. Come scrivevo, l'idea non è male, ma purtroppo io devo avere un blocco mentale per q ...more

However, some so-called physical examples, are made to fit the theorem. The author might have covered this point in the introduction, but I just don't like doing things just for doing them. One such example is on Page 111, computing integral of sintdt from 0 to x with a pendulum. Any one knowing what these symbo ...more

Instead you get a mess of contrived analogies that are literary Rube Goldberg devices at best and not applicable at worst. The author would spend pages upon pages setting up these exercises and, though some were well done (like where to park in a drive-in to ...more

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