The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry




      The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
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 difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries Working independently, two great prodigies ultimately proved that the quintic cannot be solved by a simple formula These geniuses, a Norwegian named Niels Henrik Abel and a romantic Frenchman named variste Galois, both died tragically young Their incredible labor, however, produced the origins of group theory The first extensive, popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn t Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history. Free Read [ The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry ] Author [ Mario Livio ] – heartforum.co.uk

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      The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
 By Mario Livio IBN : 0743258215 Format : Paperback – heartforum.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
  • Mario Livio
  • English
  • 26 April 2017
  • 0743258215

10 thoughts on “ The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry

  1. Suzanne says:

    This book brought back some of thefascinating things I learned in my upper division graduate classes on group theory It is approachable, yet I m sure challenging to those without a mathematics background I love thinking about the way too short lives of those bri...

  2. Greg says:

    This is a book about a genius Livio quotes George Bernard Shaw early and appropriately to describe Abel and Galois The reasonable man adapts himself to the world the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man 3 It is a very, very true statement.Livio traces the development in mathematics over the broad strokes of history It is a history of brilliant minds solving progressivelydifficult algebraic equatio This is a book about a genius Livio quotes George Bernard Shaw early and appropriately to describe Abel and Galois The reasonable man adapts himself to the world the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man 3 It is a very, very true statement.Livio traces the development in mathematics over the broad strokes of history It is a history of brilliant minds solving progressivelydifficult algebraic equations With the quintic equations, however, no solution could be found for over 300 years Abel and...

  3. Ami Iida says:

    it is written about symmetry and group theory.they had made impressive upon the human being from mathThere are lots of games coming from symmetry.ex tetrishttps en.wikipedia.org wiki TetrisPolyominohttps en.wikipedia.org wiki Polyomino15 puzzlehtt...

  4. Jessica says:

    This was definitelyreadable than most of the books about math I have read There was plenty in it that I didn t understand, but it didn t take away from the point of the book Any mathematician who gets killed in a duel over a girl a...

  5. Nguyễn says:

    This book is a comprehensive introduction to a very hard problem of mathematics finding the general solution for a general equation, along with the story of two genius Niels Hendrik Abel and especially Evarist Galois In my opinion, the author has spent much time to collect the documents related to Galois s life, so that he has described Galois s story truthfully in a very scientific way That makes sense for the other books on Galois or the same topics always tried to describes Galois s story This book is a comprehensive introduction to a very hard problem of mathematics finding the general solution for a general equation, along with the story of two genius Niels Hendrik Abel and especially Evarist Galois In my opinion, the author has spent much time to collect the documents related to Galois s life, so that he has described Galois s story truthfully in a very sc...

  6. Natan says:

    I have a BA in physics, and even though this book is not a physics book, I learned just how much I didn t learn in my degree and how awful my teachers were Livio obviously doesn t go into equations and mathematical derivations, but instead explains the reasoning behind them and h...

  7. Jake Berlin says:

    while this book has muchof a uniting scientific idea than the other livio i read brilliant blunders , it s actually muchscattered is it a big idea book, or a biography of galois why are there random throwaway chapters on evolution and music there are absolutely some int...

  8. Amanda says:

    This book was a gift and I did not understand what I was about to read when I started it It was not what I expected a discussion of symmetry in nature Instead, it was a history of symmetry, which heavy emphasis on the lives and theories of the mathematicians who perfected the theory Written for a general audience, I struggled through some of thechallenging parts, but click of comprehension occurred whe...

  9. Sarah says:

    Whoever wrote the copy for the jacket of this book should get a raise The jacket makes you think the book will be really interesting, and instead it sof a history of how certain mathematical equations finally were solved, the people who solved them, and how symmetry became an important part of mathematics The first half of the book was VERY slow, and it wasn t until the author started actually talking about the key mathematicians and their life stories that it became interesting Perha Whoever wrote the copy for the jacket of this book should get a raise The jacket makes you think the book will be really interesting, and instead it sof a history of how certain mathematical equations finally ...

  10. Michael says:

    This book was a mixed bag.The history of math parts were really interesting.The exposition of Galois theory left a lot to be desired It might be too complex for a lay book, but there s a lot about symmetry ...

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