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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The rules that western mathematicians throughout the centuries had chosen to adopt are by no means the only ones available, they are simply livjo ones that chime best with our perception of the abstract aspects of the physical world. These questions, as Livio points out, are not new. Mathematical Platonism certainly feels right: How can this be?

This highlight has been truncated due to consecutive passage length restrictions. The following are some comments I have on the notes I took while reading the book.

But proving things from first principles is of course what mathematics is all about. Livio’s point explains a remark made by Philip David and Reuben Hersh, that mathematicians are Platonists on weekdays, and non-Platonists on Sundays.

The first half 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. Jan 13, Hessa Al Thani rated it really liked it. Then the mysteries are as follows: Regardless of the preferred approach, mathematicin cannot help but marvel at how such a seemingly abstract discipline can so superbly explain the natural world.

One of Euclid’s original axioms, however, did not appear that self-evident, and for centuries mathematicians had kivio to prove that it followed directly from the others, so that it could in fact be left out. Dan Brownauthor of The Da Vinci Codeendorsed the book stating, “Livio unveils the history and mystery of the remarkable number phi in such a way that math-buffs and math-phobes alike can celebrate her wonder This number is the sum of all of its divisors the numbers that divide it with no remainder: Open Preview See a Problem?


Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? Woody Allen once put it: I am a slow reader, else normally this book can be easily completed within a week’s time. Livio’s style is somew First off, I’ll begin by recommending this book to anyone who: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

However, this book holds its ground and keeps you entertained by trying to tackle a slightly different question: Why does math describe reality so well? I won’t give away more of Livio’s own answers here. However, we have seen many times where mathematicians have worked in very abstract areas with no intention of seeing applicability to the physical world, only to see direct application to the way our maro operates.

What accounts for the uncanny ability of mathematics to model the physical world? Price may vary by retailer.

Was God invented or discovered? Is God a Mathematician? Sep 15, Jeff Hascall rated it really liked it. Leopold Kronecker, matematikawan kesohor, pernah berujar bahwa Tuhan hanya menciptakan angka. In the nineteenth century a crisis ensued because it became clear not only that the axiom iss independent of the others, but also that without it, you could build other geometries that were also perfectly free of contradiction.

Since the enlightenment, mathematics and the sciences have ascended heights where God livlo used to dwell, growing in scope and complexity and marveling the world matjematician miracles like fusion, antibiotics, and space travel. Mar 10, Jafar rated it liked it. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.

Livio also tackles the question of whether mathematics is discovered an objective truth independent of human thought or invented the product of human thought and reasoning.

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The author demonstrates his wide knowledge and culture, which is not limited only to mathematics and physics, but also to philosophy, cognitive sciences etc. Jul 18, Steven Williams rated it really liked it. God is indeed a mathematician. 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.


A scientist offers tentative answers. However, the last chapter has some real gems in it, so I’d say this one’s worth a read! If you are interested in the relationship between science and mathematics, this book should be of interest to you. He provides his short version of an answer to the question at the end, although he is sure to show how both sides of the argument continue to be discussed.

What is the relation between formal logic maybe we should even say human formal logic and the cosmos? It was an honor, then, to peer over the shoulder of a true mathematician and try to wrap my brain around this fascinating subject. A very comprehensive account, the only small defect being that the final conclusive part seems a bit rushed.

Great book, highly recommended to anybody interested in the relationship between mathematics and physical reality. In my opinion mathematics exists independent of human minds but God for whatever reason has given us mathematical minds with which we have used with great success to uncover the mysteries of the universe. Meski ditulis oleh seorang yang berprofesi sebagai astrofisikawan –kebayang, apa pekerjaannya sehari-hari? Tak ada satupun ilmu pengetahuan yang tak menggunakan matematika dalam studinya.

Pi in The Sky is still the gold standard for books trying to explain why mathematics fits the real world with unreasonable effectiveness as the famous Wigner quote puts it. Muy lindo libro, facil de leer y a la vez muy profundo.

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This devastating realisation, as Livio explains, caused a shift towards a view of mathematics as a game whose rules could be changed arbitrarily to create another game. As someone who could only remember the highlights of past mathematicians and was hooked on the ideas, it was educational and sparked a lot of internal thought.

However, most of this book is math history.