by Mario Livio. “Oh god, I hope not,” was the reaction of a student when Livio asked the title question at a lecture, and it’s a The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently omnipotent powers of. The British mathematician G. H. Hardy went so far as to describe his own Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical. Mario Livio. Space Telescope. Science Institute. Is God a. Mathematician? Page 2. The Unreasonable Effectiveness of. Mathematics. “How is it possible that.

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In the end The catchy title is somewhat misleading, as Livio, an astrophysicist, does not really look at any aspect of God. I still really enjoyed the book and it led me to put some other books on my To Read shelf. Jun 02, David rated it really liked it.

Is God a Mathematician?

This devastating realisation, as Livio explains, caused a shift towards a view of mathematics as a game whose rules could be changed arbitrarily to create another game.

Anda boleh menambahkan berapapun jumlah angka dibelakang desimal. Does mathematics have an existence that is entirely independent of the human mind?

Those of faith that believe in a transcendent creator God will surely answer with a resounding YES. He does not pontificate. The death of Archimedes at the hands of a Roman soldier is symbolical of a world change of the first magnitude.

Pi in The Sky is still the gold standard for books trying to explain why mathematics fits the real world with unreasonable effectiveness as the famous Wigner quote puts it.


Livio recounts in the first chapter that Roger The book was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best books ofand it was also selected as a ” Borders Original Voices” finalist. Godel according to the story figured out a way that the United States could be turn into a dictatorship under the Constitution.

To accomplish this goal, he spends the vast majority of the book walking us back through the history of math and identifies what the greatest mathematicain of mathematics thought about the issue. I, however, doubt that this will ever happen.

As any experienced tour guide, Mario Livio leaves you better educated from the journey, and curious for more. Livio shows great talent at bringing you into the mindset of each time period. Bukan sekedar Mahhematician “agama tertentu yang haus disembah”, bukan sekedar Tuhan para filsuf yang menimbulkan debat dan tafsir tak berkesudahan, atau Tuhan bangsa tertentu yang membela bangsa tertentu untuk memenangkan perang melawan bangsa lain.

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Finally, modern philosophers concern themselves chiefly with the relations between Man and Nature. There is much to suggest that mathematics comes from our observations of our physical environment and that there is a innate way our brains make sense of those observations through mathematics.

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Chapter seven covers the logicians and formalists attempts to secure the foundations of mathematics. Beneath the bewildering richness of natural phenomena there lies an elegant mathematical unity.

After exploring what evolutionary psychologists have to say on the matter, Livio ventures some answers in his final chapter. Feb 06, Mazola1 rated it really liked it.

More books from this author: This view of mathematics as not only a human thought experiment, but an “imperfect” one at that, is a long way from the divine truth envisioned by the likes of Plato and Descartes. Did it answer the question? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Mario Livio

Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. Dan Brownauthor of The Da Vinci Codeendorsed the mathdmatician stating, “Livio unveils the history and mystery of the remarkable number phi in such a way that math-buffs and math-phobes alike can celebrate her wonder Gor strongly recommend this volume to anyone interested in these questions.

Secondly, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Nevertheless, it remains that the universe appears to have been designed by a pure mathematician.