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Beyond Reason: Eight Great Problems That Reveal the Limits of Science

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A mind-bending excursion to the limits of science and mathematics
Are some scientific problems insoluble? In Beyond Reason, internationally acclaimed math and science author A. K. Dewdney answers this question by examining eight insurmountable mathematical and scientific roadblocks that have stumped thinkers across the centuries, from ancient mathematical conundrums such a
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 23rd 2004 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2004)
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Martin
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I understood the first two-fifths of the book (hence two out of five stars), but completely lost him from that point forward. I suppose I grasp the cosmos and quantum theories much better than I do elevated theoretical mathematical concepts. No matter, wanting to know this stuff is almost as joyous an experience as knowing this stuff. One day it'll stick. The author does a poor job, I have to say, of successfully explaining anything to an uninitiated layman. He explained statistics in a much mor ...more
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Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
High level survey of some interesting topics on the edge of math and science. best chapters were the ones on Goedel and on Quantum measurements. Accessible read despite some very complex ideas. So much we do not understand.
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Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Dewdney does such a beautiful job of explaining scientific principles and philosophy that my heart broke when I found out one of the great tamers of pseudoscience became a '9/11 truther.'
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Alexander Keewatin (A.K.) Dewdney is a professor of computer science at the University of Western Ontario, a mathematician, environmental scientist, and author of books on diverse subjects.

Wanderers of cyberspace may discover something about my life as a mathematician and computer scientist, environmental scientist, conservationist, and author of books and articles.

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