Poetry Of The Universe: Mathematical Exploration of the Cosmos

Osserman, Robert

Poetry Of The Universe sets out to provide a map of the cosmos, as it is now being revealed by the latest theories of quantum physics. But just as it is not possible to make a true representation of the spherical Earth on a two-dimensional piece of paper, so also the true nature of the curvature of space-time cannot be shown on any kind of map or diagram. Professor Osserman approaches the subject historically, recounting the discoveries of the giants of mathematics and astronomy such as Newton, Gauss and Riemann. He carries the reader through to the most recent developments in physics and astronomy, revealing the continuous interplay between mathematical theory and scientific observation.

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