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# Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality

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*New York Times*Science BestsellerWhat if you had to take an art class in which you were only taught how to paint a fence? What if you were never shown the paintings of van Gogh and Picasso, weren’t even told they existed? Alas, this is how math is taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching paint dry.

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*Love and Math*, renowned mathem ...more

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Hardcover, 292 pages

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October 1st 2013
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**Idealised Objects**

Love makes us say and do silly things. But without love worse thing happen. So I can’t fault Frenkel for his loving devotion to his subject. Nevertheless what he says is often silly. And he needn’t say it in order to get his point across: math (or ‘maths’ for those in the Mother Country) is beautiful.

Here’s the love note from his introduction:

*“Math is a way to describe reality and figure out how the world works, a universal language that has become the gold standard of truth*...more

Frenkel grew up in a small town in the Sov ...more

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If you're a math geek, Love and Math will be up your alley. If you're a math geek who is Jewish and whose parents (or you) come from Eastern Europe, it's probably a must read. Love and Math is a hybrid book, kind of a mix between Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman and George Polya's How To Solve It. The Feynman type bits - Frenkel dealing with anti-Semitism in Russia and making an erotic math film - are a mix of amusement and pathos. But mostly this book is an autobiography of math problems exami
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The autobiographical part of the book weaves through the mathematics well enough and is very interesting in its own right, from its reflections on Russian mathematics to ...more

I have a couple degrees in the subject. One in applied math, that I studied in college, and one in pure math that I got twelve years later. Indeed, I coincided with the author at Harvard, and his description of the Math department in the Science Center, the ping pong table and that hidden gem of a library brought back memories of my first semester in college, which was largely spent poring over impossibl ...more

original review in progress: So I am slogging my way through this new memoir aptly named 'Love and Math' from a Russian Jewish mathematician. I haven't gotten to any bits about love between people yet (I was hoping for some romance) - it's mostly about his love OF math with bits of details on the deep antisemitism that used to be present in Russia. Starting to realize math geeks are a bit like dirty hippies wh ...more

A better agent would have had a heart-to-heart talk with him about his objectives in writing this book. Frenkel claims he wants to inspire a new generation of mathematicians, particularly by bridging the "two cultures" between the arts and science by using the powers of love and math. That agent might have advised him that, since his work sorely needs the power of visualization, he hook up with a comic book artist--someone who knows th ...more

Math is beautiful. Behind our current different branches of abstract math there exist an ultimate theory that ties each branch together. This book explains all of this by delving into the mat ...more

*Love & Math*. Without them, this would be a fairly intense treatise on deep connections between abstract algebra, algebraic geometry, and quantum physics. With them, Frenkel demonstrates how the study of mathematics and a devotion to

**thought for thought’s sake, to fulfil human curiosity**helped ...more

Unfortunately, after that the details disappear and ideas are sketched in an, for me, incomprehensible way. Further on, the subject changes to autobiography and random musings on e.g. the idea that mathematics is not invented but discovered, supporting Plato’s thesis.

If the b ...more

I was pleased with myself understanding the idea behind braids and also how "addition" and "identity" could be applied to them in a manner analogous to these ideas in the more conventional maths I was taught at school. I could even glimpse how these concepts might be abstracted to ever higher levels.

We were teased with notion that the symmetr ...more

I am greatly surprised ad the group theory widen to applying for

various science fields and math. world.

At first you should read primary "group theory" book.

there are many group theory's key words in the book.

Then please reference my some comments to the book.

Group theory widen and widen to popular science.

Currently it connects with super string theory.

for the future it will connects with popular science,math.,games,etc..............

Frenkel's book is a memoir of his introduction to The Other Math, the one that is creative and deep. He is diligent an ...more

I didn't ask why only the first half, but I think I can guess. It is Edward Frenkel's mission in life to make you love math, and not just the relatively accessible kind that you might find in newspaper puzzles. He wants to introduce you to the Langlands Program, a sort of Theory of Everything for advanced math ...more

“Love and Math” is an unusual mash-up of three different stories. In one, a young Jewish prodigy transcends the antisemitism of Soviet Russia to take a preeminent place in the world of professional mathematics. The second story is love for the mathematics itself—a radical unification of different, apparently distinct, fields of pure mathematics. The third story is a reflection on how erotic love is built on symmetries, much like the mathematics. I found this third bit silly and strained.

The auth ...more

Maybe the goal, though, isn't for everyone to understand the concepts, but appreciate his pass ...more

His stated mission is to show the world what maths is really about, I think he succeeded but he is preaching to the converted in selling the idea that maths is at the heart of the meaning of the universe. In fact m ...more

Much of the book discussed symmetry, and how it has been applied to analysis in the search for quarks, etc. The language was not hard to understand, although I did have to take this very slow. And go over it several times. My preference in ...more

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Edward Frenkel (Russian: Эдвард Френкель, Edvard Frenkel'; born May 2, 1968) is a mathematician working in representation theory, algebraic geometry, and mathematical physics. He is a professor of mathematics at University of California, Berkeley.

Frenkel grew up in Kolomna, Russia to a family of Russian Jews. As a high school student he studied higher mathematics privately with Evgeny Evgenievich ...more

Frenkel grew up in Kolomna, Russia to a family of Russian Jews. As a high school student he studied higher mathematics privately with Evgeny Evgenievich ...more

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