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The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math

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by Manil Suri (Author)

An engaging and imaginative tour through the fundamental mathematical concepts―from arithmetic to infinity―that form the building blocks of our universe.

Our universe has multiple origin stories, from religious creation myths to the Big Bang of scientists. But if we leave those behind and start from nothing―no matter, no cosmos, not even empty space―could we create a universe using only math? Irreverent, richly illustrated, and boundlessly creative, The Big Bang of Numbers invites us to try.

In this new mathematical origin story, mathematician and novelist Manil Suri creates a natural progression of ideas needed to design our world, starting with numbers and continuing through geometry, algebra, and beyond.

He reveals the secret lives of real and imaginary numbers, teaches them to play abstract games with real-world applications, discovers unexpected patterns that connect humble lifeforms to enormous galaxies, and explores mathematical underpinnings for randomness and beauty.

With evocative examples ranging from multidimensional crochet to the Mona Lisa’s asymmetrical smile, as well as ingenious storytelling that helps illuminate complex concepts like infinity and relativity, The Big Bang of Numbers charts a playful, inventive course to existence. Mathematics, Suri shows, might best be understood not as something we invent to explain Nature, but as the source of all creation, whose directives Nature tries to obey as best she can.

Offering both striking new perspectives for math aficionados and an accessible introduction for anyone daunted by calculation, The Big Bang of Numbers proves that we can all fall in love with math.

260 illustrations; two color design


"Manil Suri’s march through math is brimming with entertaining yet discombobulating thoughts…A compelling ride through what math is and why it matters…Suri has a knack for clarity and a welcome habit of grounding tricky concepts in the tangible." ― Stephen Bleach, Times [UK]

"Some of the math books out there are difficult to read, but [The Big Bang of Numbers] isn’t one of them…[A]n elegant journey explaining why we have the number and math systems that we have." ― David Hu, Five Books

"By limiting the formulas and equations, [Manil Suri] has created a very readable tour that emphasizes ideas over calculation." ― Physics Today

"[The Big Bang of Numbers] explains how understanding math helps you understand the universe." ― Marketplace Tech

"Imaginative and organized; [Suri] presents his materials clearly with nice graphics." ― Peter Pesic, Wall Street Journal

"A beautifully written meditation on mathematics: whimsical, thought-provoking, and deep." ― Alex Bellos, author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland

"In The Big Bang of Numbers, Manil Suri invites the reader to create a universe made of mathematical ideas, sparking a thrill that may catch you off guard―an exhilarating sensation of playfulness, power, and insight." ― Steven Strogatz, New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Powers and The Joy of x

"Who knew numbers could be so charming? So industrious? Suri takes us on a lighthearted journey all the way from nothing (zero) to infinity. Math has rarely been so readable." ― Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

"A most unusual, creative, and fascinating account of mathematics that relies not on equations or formulas, but on real-life examples, metaphors, paradoxes, and lovely vignettes." ― John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

"A great sneak peek ahead for anyone interested in mathematical ideas, but bored by the lack of conceptual depth in their introductory math classes." ― Mathematical Association of America

Categories : Fractal Mathematics, Mathematics History, Mathematics Study & Teaching

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1324065931

Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company (November 28, 2023)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Pages : 384

File : EPUB, 30.34 MB

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