The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

K.C. Cole / Feb 20, 2020
The Universe and the Teacup The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty Mathematics that breathtaking invention of ours that reveals the tiniest particles of matter and takes us to the outermost reaches of the cosmos is found by many people to be intimidating In The Uni
  • Title: The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty
  • Author: K.C. Cole
  • ISBN: 9780156006569
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mathematics, that breathtaking invention of ours that reveals the tiniest particles of matter and takes us to the outermost reaches of the cosmos, is found by many people to be intimidating In The Universe and the Teacup, K C Cole demystifies mathematics and shows us with humor and wonderfully accessible stories why math need not be frightening Using the O J SimpsonMathematics, that breathtaking invention of ours that reveals the tiniest particles of matter and takes us to the outermost reaches of the cosmos, is found by many people to be intimidating In The Universe and the Teacup, K C Cole demystifies mathematics and shows us with humor and wonderfully accessible stories why math need not be frightening Using the O J Simpson trial, the bell curve, and Emmy Noether, the nineteenth century woman scientist whose work was essential for Einstein s theory of relativity, Cole helps us see that than just being a tool, math is a key to understanding the beauty of everything from rainbows to relativity.
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    About "K.C. Cole"

      • K.C. Cole

        For the past ten years, K.C Cole has been a science writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times she has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Discover, Newsweek, Newsday, Esquire, Ms People and many other publications Her articles were featured in The Best American Science Writing 2004 and 2005 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002 She has also been an editor at Discover and Newsday.Cole is the author of several nonfiction books, including Mind Over Matter Conversations with the Cosmos The Hole in the Universe How Scientists Peered Over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything and The Universe and the Teacup, the Mathematics of Truth and Beauty.


    1. This is a popular science book that offers a very accessible look at how math figures in our lives, well beyond the obvious What I found most interesting was the conclusion that math is not the bottom line hard truth we might think it to be Everything, even math, depends on context and probability There are many interesting notions considered here Chapter 5 goes into detail on how a difference in scale can also represent a difference ion kind Cole relates how scale would make it impossible for a [...]

    2. I bought this book in 1999 and recently found it in a closet Even though the cover says this is a math book, I didn t find it to be so Yes, there is some math in it but Ms Cole is of an observer As a non scientist I did not feel totally lost within the book, I felt as if I was being introduced to new concepts at a very high level, with some delving into details The book contains five parts which touch on mathematics, social issues and how they relate to one another Some parts, in my case, neede [...]

    3. NonFiction BrilliantI read this years ago and if math can be life changing, this is the book that will do it I believe this book would appeal to a wide range of readers In other words, you don t have to be a brainiac or a math genius to enjoy it.A fascinating book that held my attention to the very end It uses math to solve practical problems that we all run into in life, such as how to divide up everything in a parent s estate Highly recommended

    4. In this relatively straightforward popular science book,Cole brings to the lay reader some of the hidden truths about our world as revealed by Maths She based most of the book on a wide range of interviews with and quotes from the works of mathematicians and other scientists.If there are any cosmic or social truths out there , she argues, then Maths is, at best,as good a tool as any in aiding our understanding of it and, at worst, going to give us new perspectives on these subjects This might co [...]

    5. Questo libro ormai dello scorso millennio, e per di pi fuori produzione destino abbastanza comune a buona parte dei libri, d altro canto, il che mostra che ne scriviamo troppi.Per in questo caso devo dire che un po un peccato, perch il libro onesto, ed evidentemente pensato da uno che matematico non per un lettore che matematico non L autrice in effetti una giornalista scientifica, e il libro raccoglie vari saggi aventi come comune denominatore la matematica, o meglio l esistenza della matematic [...]

    6. Meh The author brings up a lot interesting points, but the connections are weak or odd at best I mean, comparing the tipping point to failing social programs Odd.No math is actually involved, no formulas were allowed here, thankyouverymuch It makes sense, she is aiming for the lay person and trying to get them engaged with the concepts, but it makes for a weak math book There were a few factual errors that I noticed, like in chapter two She leads in with The Milky Way galaxy contains 200 billion [...]

    7. This book is really worth reading Although I put it in the math shelf and it s title also suggests so, it is not a math book It talks about many aspects in daily life, covering general math and science maybe even psychology The book talks a lot about scales, reference frames, and point of view, and the book itself serves very well as a different point of view on the world we live in Is it true Or is it not true Do we really know if it s true or not true How well do we know what we think we know [...]

    8. ThiS book attempts too much It is a popularization of mathematics for lay audiences The book is strongest when discussing mathematics as a foundation of physics, logic, and game theory Its weakest applications come in its discussions of law and comparative politics The discussion of Lani Guinier being a particularly weak moment Guinier was an unfortunate individual who was rejected for an appointment in the Clinton Administration because she advocated for parliamentary style proportional voting [...]

    9. This book creates a groundwork of mathematical sense that helps to reason about the things that we argue about all of the time all politics It also contains interesting world view changing chapters, like the chapter on scale My favorite chapter is about the golden rule being mathematically optimum It outlines how after the principles of Darwinism became well known, people got the idea that survival of the fittest meant that greed was a principle that drove capitalism and made it work better than [...]

    10. An Interesting book with some interesting insights into issues involving how we approach everyday things from a mathamatical point of view I felt it was very generalised and reading through it the whole book felt like an introduction to something I felt like i was just getting a taste of what it was she was talking about an then she talked about something else The chapter on symmetry was very good and worth rerading but other chapters were just kind of pointless, in my opinion Dont let my opinio [...]

    11. I found this to be an enjoyable read For non math types, I think this book is a good book Helping engage the reader in thinking about mathematics, perspective, etc in ways that they may often not think of It drives interest and does provide some historical references that help ground people in where, when and how some of these passages applied.For math types, this book would probably read as a poor attempt to summarize concepts and would lack in details and descriptive math to support the conce [...]

    12. I d summarize this read as a non mathematician s approach to applying mathematical thought to every subject imaginable science and otherwise I d also say she reminded us that math is the simplest way to explain anything in the universe, and that truth is merely a probability that it isn t false.As for beauty, well, she only touched upon symmetry in the second half of the last chapter I would have liked of that, but that would have required the book to be 400 pages instead of 200 at least.

    13. I bought this at the Griffith Observatory in 2011, but the copyright date is 1997 Some of the information is clearly outdated, but it was still an interested book Cole explains, in the language of math, but not with math, how science, the social sciences and beauty are related to numbers and principles of mathematics, such as symmetry, prediction and scale Ultimately, what I learned from this book is that science and math are anything but true I enjoyed her wit, the quotations, and her perspecti [...]

    14. This was required reading for an intro to calculus class I took junior year of high school Despite my strong aversion to math, this book was surprisingly enjoyable It has the same approach as Malcolm Gladwell s A Tipping Point there is no actual math involved, but rather descriptions of how mathematical principles can be applied to topics such as the O.J Simpson trial and California s Clean Air Act of 1990 The book may seem simplistic to someone who is a mathmetician or who is studying to become [...]

    15. I enjoy the way KC Cole writes I ve enjoyed some of her other books , but liked this one two I will probably ponder intersecting parallel lines for a while I plan to have my students read the chapter on how the Golden Rule really does wok to our advantage at least when it comes to game theory.

    16. I couldn t find anything interesting about this book All topics are superficial The author keeps jumping from point to point, hardly addresses any topic with depth If you have read many science books don t read this I am sure you already now all the facts and relationships that she tries to cover.

    17. An attempt at a mathematics mostly applied appreciation for the layman Gobs and gobs of examples But so little detail Learned about the surface of a lot of issues, and there was an occasional insight, but so little explanation of what the mathematics or physics or chemistry, or actually WAS.

    18. Disappointing Readable but lacking in depth and clarity A slapdash survey of mathematical concepts and applications to science as well as to everyday life, presented in a newspaper reporter style Adequate in getting one s feet wet, like wading in the kiddie pool.

    19. This is an excellent book For you math phobics, it s a surprisingly easy read Wonderful perspectives on some amazing things Well worth the time to read If I was still a math teacher, I d require my students to read this book.

    20. pop science, hell yes made so many intangibles tactile gets a little too caught up in melding pop culture with the sciences by using confusing metaphors, but the earlier parts of the book are wondrous.

    21. While it was of a quick surface survey of important mathematical discoveries, it s still a good quick read I tend to like books like these because they remind me of all of the complexity inside and outside of myself It reminded me to be curious.

    22. As someone who is definitely math spastic I thought I would try reading this book in the hopes of understanding the beauty of numbers There were times I had to put the book down, walk away, get something to drink and then re open my mind to what was being written Interesting and challenging.

    23. A book that probably didn t need to be written It was an OK read, but I didn t find anything new that she had to say And the chapter on Emmy Noether and Albert Einstein the reason I bought the book in the first place was bland and disappointing.

    24. A must read for any math or science nerd But I would also recommend it to philosophers, politians, judges, teachers, studentsyone can walk away from this book with a greater appreciation for the strange and wonderful ways in which are world is ordered or unordered, as the case may be.

    25. OKt a grind Very insightful about the ways mathematics impacts our lives each day A solid read not a reach.

    26. Blah This book was rife with politically motivated science Definitely not a mathematics book Don t waste your time.

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