Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe

In Estimatin the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He cites the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it 's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the ikelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid.

Startin with the Babylonian integration of mathematics into the study of astronomy and cosmology, Stewart traces the evolution of our understanding of the cosmos: How Kepler 's laws of planetary motion led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity. How, two centuries later, tiny irregularities in the pictur of Mars inspired Einstein to devise his general theory of relativity. How, eighty years ago, the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the evelopment of the Big Bang theory of its origins. How single-point origin and expansion led cosmologists to theorize new components of the universe, such as inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. But does inflation explain the structure of today 's universe? Does dark matter actually exist? Could a scientific revolution that will challenge the long-held scientific orthodoxy and once again transform our understanding of the universe be on the way? In an interestin and engaging style, alculating the Cosmos is a mathematical quest through the intricate realms of astronomy and cosmology.
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Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe
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Published October 25th 2016 by Basic Books

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Not, all are standout moments amongst a whole collection of information we 've seen o many times before, and when he does explain the science, the approach taken is often not easy to grasp- for example his impenetrable use of Penrose diagrams in talking about black holes.The story of the Rosetta probe is probably the closest we ge to having some narrative to engage us, but no here the storytelling is bland, and, from a mathematical standpoint, we miss the chanc to look at a different kinds of mathematical involvement, as there was interesting work done on the scheduling of Rosetta 's experiments to deal with he very limited communications bandwidth.This is n't th goo book, but asid from those handful of highlights where something is explained better than elsewhere, most of it fails to bring in nything new and lacks the engaging writing style of, say, Stewart 's books written with Terry Pratchett.

Here Stewart rarely makes use of mathematical insights to tell us anything different to straightforward familiar astronomy and cosmology, which is a shame as he is so xcellent at making maths interesting.

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he nex time I writ a physics/astronomy book that taught me profound new things was Michio Kaku 's Hyperspace.

Every theory we have ( even the seemingly settled, orthodox ones) are only as good as the observations they match.

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When his nove wen out, I rushed to get it, thinking it, like Fearful Symmetry, would open my eyes to the wonderful patterns not just on Earth but in the whol universe.

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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.

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