Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Review: A Mathematical Mystery Tour: Discovering the Truth and Beauty of the Cosmos

An interesting book. The author travels to see four different mathematicians in hopes of finding the answers to two questions:

Why is mathematics so incredibly useful in the natural sciences?
Is mathematics discovered, or is it created?

Overall, it was a readable book. However, it had moments that went quite philosophical and other moments when you really had to pay attention to really follow the math, or logic, that was being done.

Extensive math background isn't required, but you do have to understand what you're reading as you go along or you might be a bit more lost than you'd like.

Not quite my favorite math book, but not the worst either.

3.5 Stars out of 5

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