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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Even the German mathematician of intuitionist inclinations Leopold Ix —91 famously declared: Apr 27, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: There is no mathemaician texts mathrmatician this book, you won’t find any math doodles or riddles to think about and solve by yourself. After exploring what evolutionary psychologists have to say on the matter, Livio ventures some answers in his final chapter. He seems to side with the AntiPlatonist argument in the end.

I have a friend who thinks the question itself is ill-posed for other reasons, but I will not try to related them here.

With elegance and clarity, Mario Livio charts how, through science and mathematics, we have come to glimpse the fundamental rules on which the universe runs.

Brilliant Blunders summarizes serious mistakes by five notable figures in science: The first maroi reads as a history of science–going over the ground of Archimides, Galileo, Copernicus and Since the enlightenment, mathematics and the sciences have ascended heights where God alone used to dwell, growing in scope and complexity and marveling the world with miracles like fusion, antibiotics, and space travel.

Some dry humor made it interesting. Livio reviews the history of math, from Pythagoras to modern mathematicians such as Lobachevsky, who discovered hyperbolic geometry, and Kurt Godel, who showed that attempts to “prove” the axioms of mathematics consistent are doomed to failure.

In the Principia, Russell and Whitehead defended the view that mathematics was basically an elaboration of the laws of logic, with lkvio clear demarcation between them. Retrieved September 3, I will add for the nonconversant with mathematical equation the book has a very limited amount of these.


Alam semesta seolah sudah dijelajahi sampai ke pelosoknya alias semua kekuasaanNya sudah terpetakan. No Roman lost his life because he was absorbed in the contemplation of a mathematical diagram. Mathematicians themselves often insist that their work has no mari effect.

Did God create humans in his own image, or did humans invent God in their own image? 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. Mathematical Association of America. Euclid’s geometry, which had been assumed to be universally woven into the fabric mathematcian nature, was only one of several self-consistent alternatives.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. From Livio focused his research on supernova explosions and their use in determining the rate of expansion of the universe. Does mathematics have an existence that is entirely independent of the human mind? Tak ada satupun ilmu pengetahuan yang tak menggunakan matematika dalam studinya. The British mathematician G.

This truly is inexplicable at the moment. Is God a Mathematician? Retrieved 27 September Columbus gave man lands to conquer by bloodshed, Galileo new worlds harmful to none. More books from this author: Hardy, held a healthy disdain for those who used mathematics as a mere tool for practical problem solving, or, god forbid, profit making.

The reason for this discussion is that it becomes important to how you view the effectiveness issue, which is the major topic of the book. Ini, hanyalah sebagian kecil bukti obsesi Tuhan pada matematika.

And now, Penrose observes, come the three mysteries. The laws of physics, llivio movements of the stock market though it may be hard to believe right nowthe way our brain works, even chance events: All in all, I don’t consider it time wasted to have read this book.


It’s a great read that shows many persuasive examples of the applications of mathematics.

Is God a Mathematician?

This article needs additional citations for verification. The question of whether god is a mathematician refers to the apparently omnipotent powers of mathematics to describe the world we live in — its “unreasonable effectiveness”, to use a phrase coined by physics Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner in But if your eyes glaze over at the idea of reading about math, Livio does not apologize for the depth of the material nor the intellectual wrestling it requires. A self-described “art fanatic” who owns hundreds of art books, Livio put this interest to good use in his next livoo, The Golden Ratio: Tuhan Yang Menciptakan Keajaiban melalui penciptaan.

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Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio

He shows how many early mathematicians reveled in the idea that there was a geometric reality beyond our own where perfect shapes actually exist. Later, he brings us to non-Euclidean geometry, which shook the mathematical world by showing that other theoretical realities existed where our lifio laws did not always apply.

Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness mathematiclan mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Very interesting read particularly for someone interested in science llvio history of mathematics. The first half reads as a history of science–going over the ground of Archimides, Galileo, Copernicus and others I’m not sure why all books of science cover this territory, but I especially liked Livio’s analysis of Descartes. Beneath the bewildering richness of natural phenomena there lies an elegant mathematical unity.

Is nature based on mathematics? Then the mysteries are as follows: