Numerele naturii Ireala realitate a imagina iei matematice De ce multe flori au cinci sau opt petale dar foarte pu ine ase sau apte De ce fulgii de z pad au o simetrie hexagonal De ce tigrii au dungi dar leoparzii pete Formele i frumuse ile lumii naturale i
De ce multe flori au cinci sau opt petale, dar foarte pu ine ase sau apte De ce fulgii de z pad au o simetrie hexagonal De ce tigrii au dungi, dar leoparzii pete Formele i frumuse ile lumii naturale i au inspirat mereu deopotriv pe arti ti i pe savan i, printre ace tia num r ndu se i Ian Stewart n opinia sa, viziunea despre locul omului n univers reflect n De ce multe flori au cinci sau opt petale, dar foarte pu ine ase sau apte De ce fulgii de z pad au o simetrie hexagonal De ce tigrii au dungi, dar leoparzii pete Formele i frumuse ile lumii naturale i au inspirat mereu deopotriv pe arti ti i pe savan i, printre ace tia num r ndu se i Ian Stewart n opinia sa, viziunea despre locul omului n univers reflect n elegerea la care acesta a ajuns privind formele i structurile din natur Iar intelectul uman i cultura au inventat un sistem de ra ionamente care permit recunoa terea, clasificarea i folosirea formelor matematica.

Numerele naturii: Ireala realitate a imaginației matematice ¦ Ian Stewart Gheorghe Stratan 428 Ian Stewart Gheorghe Stratan

Title: Numerele naturii: Ireala realitate a imaginației matematice ¦ Ian Stewart Gheorghe Stratan
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Ian Nicholas Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes from the author s websiteLibrarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See other authors with similar names.
Most people look at math these days  or I did, at least, for a long time  as something alienating and cold that professionals and quasisociopaths do because they're maladjusted and tend to enjoy escaping into abstraction. I guess that's a reactionary stereotype to the complementary idea that mathematicians are clairvoyant mystics who, in a process that involves obviously superior intellect and talents, transcribe the secrets of nature into a string of everimpressive feats of accomplishment, [...]
An interesting book on mathematics and mathematicians. Accessible and easy to read (it even ditched the word 'reification' in favour of 'thingification of processes' because the former sounds pretentious. And the latter doesn't? Hmm. It was interesting that the very next book I read  and which I'm bogged down in  Lyotard on postmodernism, used 'reification' in the foreword. I was pleased Stewart had explained it here.)I was a little disappointed that Stewart presented the book in a way that su [...]
This entertaining and very readable little book describes the relevance of mathematics for describing and appreciating nature. In the process it supplies quite a lot of curious information, some of which feeds into serious issues if you really want it to, but most of which is purely entertaining and easily accessible. It points out that mathematics is not simply about numbers, but also about shapes, patterns, regularities, transformations, and evolutions. There is nothing here to intimidate thos [...]
This is a math book with hardly any math in it. The author (whom I normally enjoy) attempts to use solely prose to prove mathematical concepts inundated with numbers and calculations. Trying to sidestep the math actually makes the book a lot drier than it could have been. A simple equation or graph in the right place would have made the book more succinct in places. (Of course, this is coming from a confessed math nerd.) Books on chaos and Fibonacci numbers abound I'd steer away from this if th [...]
The highest level of math I learned was Statistics  which I thought was easier than Algebra II. Even at my level of understanding of mathematics, this book was totally lucid, not to mention it was a flat out blast to read. I never knew I could like math this much! I felt as if I was taken on an adventure through the strange realities of the universe, and I didn't want it to end. There was something worth remembering in every chapter. I will definitely be picking up any book by Ian Stewart in t [...]
As stated on the back cover, a book "aimed at the educated but non specialist reader". Although I don't see myself as a specialist, I didn't learn much from it. It is more a long article for a scientific magazine than a real book.
I've been thinking of the cicadas ever since I put this book down.
I always felt atracted to the simple question weather math was created or invented. Although I'm pretty convinced it's an invention, created to serve as a tool that establishes the bridge between man and nature, I wanted some arguments on the question and to learn more about it, so this book seemed a good way to do that. I think the autor covers very interesting subjects, much of them unknown to me to the date, and does what he proposes to do in the beginning of the book. More importantly, I rea [...]
It says something when I find it hard to put down a book about math and silently promise myself, "Just one more page, then I'll go to sleep". Fortunately, the author breaks the topics up well between chapters, so it prevented me from pulling an all nighterI won't say there are no cliffhangers in math and science, but, at least, there were no cliff hangers in this book.Still, this book was riveting and eye opening. As a person who is recently reforming a lifelong disillusionment with math and try [...]
I am not a mathematician; the highest course I have had is introductory calculus. Stewart explores the role of mathematics in nature (or perhaps its the other way round), starting with counting numbers and working up to chaos theory. The first four chapters were intelligible, and in fact his explanation of calculus made more sense to me than anything I have previously encountered. Much of the rest was an interesting narrative, but just a bit beyond my grasp.
" Mathematics is to nature as Sherlock Holmes is to evidence. When presented with a cigar butt, the great fictional detective could deduce the age, profession, and financial state of its owner. His partner, Dr. Watson, who was not as sensitive to such matters, could only look on in baffled admiration, until the master revealed his chain of impeccable logic. When presented with the evidence of hexagonal snowflakes, mathematicians can deduce the atomic geometry of ice crystals."
Worthwhile account of mathematic's vital role in describing natural parameters that shape processes including evolution, genetics and the formation of matter. Stewart argues passionately that it's math damn it that reveals the fundamental, inescapable foundation of the universe. While the book was uneven, going occasionally on long detours and other times brief stops at interesting patterns, the overall effort was rewarding. I like the fact that Stewart is more interested in the future of math, [...]
I'm so glad that I picked up this book from my university library. It tickled a lot of thoughts I had about the variant topics discussed. This book is amazing and is not only about numbers presumably as the title reads but everything. It introduces a different way of considering Mathematics. It's really stunning and thoughtprovoking with its genuine and simplified ideas. Even if you're weak in Mathematics, you won't face any difficulties in perceiving what's written in this book. Well, I got [...]
Interesting and very simple explanation of how basic mathematics (not addition, multiplication, etc. but rather patterns, symmetry, rhythms, and chaos) are essential to the structure of nature. It was written in a very accessible manner and kind of reminded be of a NOVA episode. Best of all, I put the book down feeling like I actually understand what chaos theory is about (at a very basic level). I almost gave this 4stars; but it's simplicity and lack of depth kind of knocked it down to "like i [...]
This is more of a broad strokes, "math is everywhere isn't it cool?" book than one that will teach you anything specific. It's still enjoyable, though, and helped me think about the presence of math in absolutely everything in life. How violins led to wave functions led to understanding electromagnetism and tv signals, why the Fibonacci sequence seems to be everywhere and exactly how chaos theory works Which itself makes me think I might need to read Sam Harris' Free Will, since it might not be [...]
So this book is called "Nature's Numbers," but it's really more about nature's patterns than anything else. Essentially what we have here is a quick introduction into the importance of modern mathematics  in particular chaos theory, symmetry, and pattern analysis  in the study of biological and physical science. The book is a quick read, aimed at people who want a quick understanding of the topic without having to actually get into the nitty gritty details. Still, it left me only mildly inte [...]
The jacket markets this as short (true) and easytoread (ehhhh not so much). There's an awful lot of jargon here, and I think the audience for this is the liberal arts college student, rather than inquisitive lay person. It introduced some interesting terms (strange attractors!) but really its not a great choice for everyman.
Took me about 15 pages to figure out that this book is not for me. The author is obviously a very sharp guy, but he's really dumbing things down. Worse yet, the book is padded with so much filler writing that even small semiinteresting tidbits (for example, explaining why snowflakes are hexagonal in shape) are few and far between.
I listened to the audiobook version.I'm writing this after the fact, collecting the ratings and timestamps from iTunes. I don't remember much about it and why I chose to rate it 2/5 stars, except that it was boring. I love mathematics, but this one put me to sleeparted: 20110109.Jan.Sun 11:14:34finished: 20110109.Jan.Sun 14:48:53duration: 2h:47m:50s
Solved a problem my mum set me 43 years ago, why or how does the outgoing tide make those tiny ripples in the sand. It’s caused by symmetrybreaking!!Not an equation in sight but profoundly deep and interesting!
I'm going to have to sit for a while with the central ideas this book has. I didn't get attracted to the book until the last three chapters; then I couldn't put it down. I'll probably read this book again in a few years to see how much my mind has been able to digest, use, and is ready for more.
There’s a lot more to math than I ever learned  and I still don’t understand the more abstract levels. Interesting though extremely challenging reading.
I will have to reread this. My math is very poor and some parts of this book were too abstract for me to grasp. But the rest was interesting, nonetheless.
Good book if you want to find out some applications of maths. Covers broad range of topics. Some places where explanation could have been deeper or clearer.
fun if youre into how math applies to nature. gave me insight into the current state of mathematics in describing biological systems
Should read it again few years later.
Early into the book, but pretty cool how numbers and patterns show up in nature
This book provides an introduction about what mathematics is all about.
Since watching PBS Nova "The Great Math Mystery" compelled reading this book acquired long ago, my appreciation of its clear and concise presentation has me hunting for more books by this author.
Nerd Alert: Making Math Totally Fascinating. What I wish I would have known about math my whole life so that I could have become a crazed poet/mathematician.