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A mathematical mystery tour : discovering the truth and beauty of the cosmos / A.K. Dewdney.

Dewdney, A. K. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 0471238473 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0471407348
  • Physical Description: vi, 218 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Wiley, [1999]

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Includes index.
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Death of a dream: Petros Pygonopolis explains Phthagoras's dream of a commensurable cosmos and how it came to naught -- The birth of a theorem: Pythagoras loses the world but gains Olympus when he discover his famous theorem -- Al Jabr: the astronomer al-Flayli describes the House of Wisdom, the birth of modern numbers, and algebra -- The spheres: a foray into the desert reveals an ancient mistake about the stars and the story of the mistake's correction -- The message: physicist and historian Maria Canzoni explains how a message from the stars was decoded -- The ultimate reality: if matter is really energy, perhaps energy is really information -- Horping zooks: Sir John Brainard explains the process of abstraction and how it led to the mechanization of thought -- Mind machines: the Turing machine gives birth to a new version of mind and to an independently existing universe.
Subject: Mathematics.
Mathématiques.
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Preface v
Point of Departure 1(10)
The mathematician ponders the question
Part I The Holos
Death of a Dream
11(22)
Petros Pygonopolis explains Pythagoras's dream of a commensurable cosmos and how it came to naught
The Birth of a Theorem
33(26)
Pythagoras loses the world but gains Olympus when he discovers his famous theorem
Part II The Superior World
Al Jabar
59(22)
The astronomer al-Flayli describes the House of Wisdom, the birth of modern numbers, and algebra
The Spheres
81(26)
A foray into the desert reveals an ancient mistake about the stars and the story of the mistake's correction
Part III The Vanishing Act
The Message
107(22)
Physicist and historian Maria Canzoni explains how a message from the stars was decoded
The Ultimate Reality
129(28)
If matter is really energy, perhaps energy is really information
Part IV The Engines of Thought
Horping Zooks
157(26)
Sir John Brainard explains the process of abstraction and how it led to the mechanization of thought
Mind Machines
183(20)
The Turing machine gives birth to a new version of mind and to an independently existing universe
Epilogue: Cosmos and Holos 203(11)
Index 214


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