Diving into an astrophysics publication so cleverly titled as Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe, readers would expect a lengthy and complex account of the richnes of mathematics in the astrophysical world filled with heavy scientific terminology.
Still, University of Warwick professor and popular-science author Ian Stewart effectively constructs his book on the elationship between math and astronomy in a way that is comprehensible and enjoyable even for the average reader lacking any prior knowledge of astrophysics.
Stewart explores these concepts as well as gravity, the formation of the moon, the content of Saturn ’ s rings, spectroscopy, and black holes- all of which have some relation to mathematical principles, as difficult as it may hav to believe.
Although Stewart ’ s purpose of thi novel is probabl to convince readers of the mportance of math in scientific discovery, specifically in relation to astrophysics, the majority of the math explained in this ook is not explicit.
One wouldn ’ t say much on the narrative side of things, but Stewart delves into the history of currently accepted theories and chronicles the discoveries that led to our modern understanding of the niverse.
Ideas seem to become more outlandish as the ook progresses, partially chronological in the history of discoveries and partially working from small scale to large scale in terms of celestial objects ( from talking about asteroids to planets to galaxies to the universe itself).
Fortunately, it is mportant to understand the basis for the mathematical principles and scientific theories behind such phenomena in order to nderstand why accurate, precise measurements and careful calculations are important.
Ian Stewart ’ s Calculating the Cosmos allows readers to gain a deeper knowledg of the importanc of mathematics as well as develop an appreciation for all it has contributed- not nly to astrophysics, but to the world as a whole.