Are Numbers Real?

Are Numbers Real?

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Publisher's Synopsis

Have you ever wondered what humans did before numbers existed? How they organized their lives, traded goods, or kept track of their treasures? What would your life be like without them?

Numbers began as simple representations of everyday things, but mathematics rapidly took on a life of its own, occupying a parallel virtual world. In Are Numbers Real? Brian Clegg explores the way that maths has become more and more detached from reality, yet despite this is driving the development of modern physics.

From devising a new counting system based on goats, through the weird and wonderful mathematics of imaginary numbers and infinity to the debate over whether mathematics has too much influence on the direction of science, this fascinating and accessible book opens the reader's eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar world of numbers.

Book information

ISBN: 9781472139764
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Robinson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 510
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: x, 288
Weight: 404g
Height: 232mm
Width: 151mm
Spine width: 23mm