Zero the biography of a dangerous idea
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How zero and God correlate. I have sitting next to Zero on my desk, and while the former is more complete, I somehow suspect the latter is more appropriate for a general audience. No longer the gullible high school student now a gullible university student! Zero, in Seife's account, is a main character in a story about mathematics and physical science. The universe is still expanding. His discussion of Gauss was very complicated and hard to follow not nearly as interesting as â€” A book I mentally compared this to throughout but then, bizarrely, he went into a fairly detailed description of the Doppler effect, for instance. Bantuan kedua datang dari duet Rayleigh-Jeans.

Bisa dikatakan karya tunggal Einstein! All you need to do is build a wormhole and attach one end of it to something very heavy and attach the other end to something travelling at 90% of the speed of light. Zero has pitted East against West and faith against reason, and its intransigence persists in the dark core of a black hole and the brilliant flash of the Big Bang. I like the chapter titles beginning with Chapter Zero and ending with Chapter Infinity and the fact that Seife is not biased. I never thought I'd say this about any book having to do with science or math, but this is one of those books that I could turn around and re-read immediately after finishing it. Where the word Algebra came from.

I can't say I ever turned down the chance for more trivia, and Zero delivered in spades. Elegant, witty, and enlightening, Zero is a compelling look at the strangest number in the universeŕ«Ľand one of the greatest paradoxes of human thought. In its early days, the concept of zero ran into its perception as a concept that went athwart religion. Lantas bagaimana proses penciptaan alam semesta tersebut dimulai? The mathematical history of the number follows a convoluted path, early on a place-holder in counting systems or a much-feared void forbidden by belief on pain of death. And the last third of the book is more focused on quantum mechanics and cosmology and sort of forgets about the philosophical struggles. Memang, untuk penggunaan luas, sistem bilangan Romawi menjadi ribet dan terlalu panjang.

The last chapters dove into physics, time-travel, black holes, our galaxy, how the star distances were measured, how the universe came to be big bang theory and how it may end, how we can travel vast distances on little fuel. . I didn't expect this book to be so math-heavy and sort of resented the reintroduction to the Rule of L'Hopital. Still, there's a ton of information to be found in this book, and it is pretty interesting to see how drastical Zero is quite an undertaking - the author attacks this microhistory with an ambitious goal: to explain how zero came to be, and how it has factored into math and science, and even the dawn of the universe, from the beginning of time. Here I am, three years later, returning to Zero for a second read. Peradaban kita kembali ke titik nol! The Hindu universe is full of many other worlds but the cosmos still has a sort of emptiness. The math begins to drop out of the text, closing the aperture through which zero can be made visible.

For zero, infinity's twin, is not like other numbers. In fact, I might wait a couple days before returning it to the library just so I can read at least the first couple chapters again. The stories behind the science are also often quite dramatic or even tragic and therefore memorable. By book's end, no reader will dispute Seife's claim that zero is among the most fertile--and therefore most dangerous--ideas that humanity has devised. Once you get accustomed to thinking about that sort of thing, soon enough you'll have to start dealing with irrational numbers, such as pi, which Pythagoras tried assiduously to sweep under the rug. Interestingly, all this ties right into zero. With remarkable economy, Seife urges his readers to peer through the zero down into the abyss of absolute emptiness and out into the infinite expanse of space.

For example, in common English usage, zero is nothing apart from comparison. Semesta sudah ada 'sejak dulu'. Zero has pitted East against West and faith against reason, and its intransigence persists in the dark core of a black hole and the brilliant flash of the Big Bang. There were some ideas in there I had not read about before, like projective geometry, but for the most part, Hawking, Bryson, and popular math authors have covered this. Like other Eastern faiths, Hinduism was steeped in duality. I enjoyed how the author used examples that I could relate to when explaining thermodynamics, quantum physics, time-travel, black holes wormholes , etc.

Here I am, three years later, returning to Zero for a second read. Pada frekuensi rendah, rumus tersebut memberikan hasil yang jauh dari harapan. It gets easier from there, although you do have to wait forty six years and haul the thing to another planet. It was especially difficult for me, as a mathematician who grew up learning calculus My grade 11 math teacher gave this to me, and I remember reading it and loving it. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time: the quest for a theory of everything. In other words, Zero is a good gateway drug. These stories give the scientific data a context that makes it easier to remember.

A tremendous amount of information is packed between the cover pages of this little hummer. I didn't expect this book to be so math-heavy and sort of resented the reintroduction to the Rule of L'Hopital. Semesta sudah ada 'sejak dulu'. It is a number, and it is an idea; it is a troublemaker, and it is a problem solver. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for the theory of everything. For centuries the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. Shiva was the ultimate void or the incarnation of lifelessness.

Eventually the path leads to infinity which, like its twin zero, figures the limit of human experience. Where Zero starts to show its seams is in Seife's rhetorical ability, which stretches itself thin even over so thin a volume. Dari angka 30, secara ajaib, langsung loncat ke angka 40! A black hole is zero. It was especially difficult for me, as a mathematician who grew up learning calculus My grade 11 math teacher gave this to me, and I remember reading it and loving it. Dikatakan untung-untungan karena dia membuat rumus baru yang tidak memiliki dasar fisika mantap menurut teori klasik, tetapi rumusnya cocok dengan data hasil pengamatan. In addition to learning of these mathematical concepts, Zero also incorporates a great deal of historical stories and characteristics associated with ancient areas and different people of the world.

The author clearly believes that zero and infinity are somehow dangerous and mystical, and I guess there's some evidence that mathematical philosophers have felt the same way over time. Even with Charles Seife leading the way in the first chapter, I still have trouble comprehending this idea that entire civilizations rose and fellâ€”and achieved great things in betweenâ€”without the concept of a mathematical zero. So, when December 31, 1999 came around, true mathematicians didn't celebrate the millenium until December 31, 2000. And I'd definitely recommend this book to high school students, like I was when I first read it: it's one of those books that opens the mind. Also, know this: the first appendix details a mathematical proof on why Winston Churchill is a carrot. Belakangan teori kuantum berkembang lebih jauh lagi hingga 'membongkar' habis-habisan struktur atom. When the authority of the Catholic Church broke down, the Renaissance was able to bring zero into the West and open up scientific progress.