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The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved

How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry

The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved( )
Author: Livio, Mario
ISBN:978-0-7432-5821-0
Publication Date:Sep 2006
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $17.00
Book Description:

What do Bach's compositions, Rubik's Cube, the way we choose our mates, and the physics of subatomic particles have in common? All are governed by the laws of symmetry, which elegantly unify scientific and artistic principles. Yet the mathematical language of symmetry-known as group theory-did not emerge from the study of symmetry at all, but from an equation that couldn't be solved. For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic...
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Book Details
Pages:368
Detailed Subjects: Mathematics / Group Theory
Mathematics / Algebra / General
Mathematics / Number Theory
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.125 x 9.25 x 1 Inches
Book Weight:0.905 Pounds
Author Biography
Livio, Mario (Author)
Mario Livio was born in 1945 in Romania. When he was 5 years old, he immigrated with his grandparents to Israel. He received undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a M.Sc. degree in theoretical particle physics at the Weizmann Institute, and a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics at Tel-Aviv University. He was a professor of physics at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology from 1981 until 1991. He is a senior astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute.

He has published over 400 scientific papers. He has also written several books including The Accelerating Universe, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved, Is God a Mathematician?, and Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe. The Golden Ratio received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize.

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