by Mario Livio. “Oh god, I hope not,” was the reaction of a student when Livio asked the title question at a lecture, and it’s a The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently omnipotent powers of. The British mathematician G. H. Hardy went so far as to describe his own Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical. Mario Livio. Space Telescope. Science Institute. Is God a. Mathematician? Page 2. The Unreasonable Effectiveness of. Mathematics. “How is it possible that.

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In other words, are we merely discovering mathematical verities, just matyematician astronomers discover previously unknown galaxies? So is mathematics woven into the fabric of nature, independent of the mathemahician mind, but there for us to discover?

I felt like I was just baited into reading the book. But then when it comes to actually justifying your feeling that the things you’ve been working with all week are universal, it’s easier to chicken out and pretend that you don’t believe in their universality at all.

‘Is God a mathematician?’ |

Dalam ilmu fisika, kita mengenal konstanta-konstanta alam yang begitu eksak, spesifik dan memerankan peranan penting. Furthermore, if mathematics is invented, how come some of its concepts were found maathematician applications long after their invention?

General Overview Some people might find the title of the book a bit misleading, as the proposed question isn’t really addressed properly or answered, for that matter.

Archimedes, so we learn, tended to livioo food and personal hygiene when working on his geometry some things never change and Galileo was actually unable to withstand the pressure of the church and ended up issuing an unqualified retraction of his revolutionary views on the solar system.


The catchy title is somewhat misleading, as Livio, an astrophysicist, does not really look at any aspect of God. But, as Livio points out, availing himself of the words of Bertrand Russell, it’s not really the conclusion that counts, but the fun to be had while getting there.

Is God a Mathematician?

Still he writes well, and he explains things in understandable ways, making it an enjoyable read. Account Options Sign in. Columbus gave man lands to conquer by bloodshed, Galileo new worlds harmful to none. This article mathematifian additional citations for verification.

I won’t give away more of Livio’s own answers here. The book is fueled by his infectious enthusiasm and fascination, which translates in to a fun and inspiring read especially if you are just starting to discover the world of math and its rich history. And now, Penrose observes, come the three mysteries.

Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio

The first half is a stale history of mathematicians, lacking in actual math. The British mathematician G. These discoveries are no less ks because they are built on an invention of the human mind, but they are only true because of the initial acceptance of the foundational axioms that we invented.

The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved explains how efforts to solve the quintic equation led to group theory and to the mathematics of symmetry.

Livio’s first book of popular science was The Accelerating Universewhich explained in layman’s terms the theory that the universe was expanding at a faster and faster rate. The Scottish poet Thomas Seggett raved: Nice case study of knot theory, how it started as a curiosity, continued as an intellectual exercise, before the physicists i it to be very mathematicia.

He explored the possible causes and the theoretical implications of continuing expansion, especially its implications for beliefs about the “beauty” of the scientific laws that govern the cosmos.


The catchy title is a little misleading.

Very interesting read particularly for someone interested in science and history of mathematics. In the end The catchy title is somewhat misleading, as Livio, an astrophysicist, does not really look at any aspect of God. In Is God A Mathematician, Mario Livio tries to explain the “unreasonable effectiveness” of mathematics to make sense of nature.

He seems to side with the AntiPlatonist argument in the end.

For almost twenty years Livio has popularized astronomy and mathematics through mmario, lectures, magazine articles, and radio and television appearances. How can this be?

But Atheists and other non believers are likely to think mathematics is nothing more than an invention of the human mind. It was a bit more popular than I expected it to be but it was still good.

Mario Livio

Livio earned a B. The reality is that without mathematics, modern-day cosmologists could not have progressed even one step in attempting to understand the laws of nature. The first half reads as a history of science–going mathenatician the ground of Archimides, Galileo, Copernicus and Since the enlightenment, mathematics and the sciences have ascended heights where God alone mathemstician to dwell, growing in scope and complexity and marveling the world with miracles like fusion, antibiotics, and space travel.

Apr 28, Lammoth rated it it was amazing.