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Love and math : the heart of hidden reality

Author: Edward Frenkel
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Love and Math tells the two intertwined stories of mathematics and the adventure of one man in learning it. The result is a story about how he became one of the twenty-first century's leading mathematicians, working on one of the biggest ideas to come out of mathematics in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program. As Frenkel proves, a mathematical formula can be as elegant and beautiful as a painting, a poem, or a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Miscellanea
Named Person: Edward Frenkel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Frenkel
ISBN: 9780465050741 0465050743 0465069959 9780465069958
OCLC Number: 849801108
Description: 292 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: A mysterious beast --
The essence of symmetry --
The fifth problem --
Kerosinka --
Threads of the solution --
Apprentice mathematician --
The Grand Unified Theory --
Magic numbers --
Rosetta Stone --
Being in the loop --
Conquering the summit --
Tree of knowledge --
Harvard calling --
Tying the sheaves of wisdom --
A delicate dance --
Quantum duality --
Uncovering hidden connections --
Searching for the formula of love.
Other Titles: Love & math
Responsibility: Edward Frenkel.

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"Love and Math tells the two intertwined stories of mathematics and the adventure of one man in learning it. The result is a story about how he became one of the twenty-first century's leading mathematicians, working on one of the biggest ideas to come out of mathematics in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program. As Frenkel proves, a mathematical formula can be as elegant and beautiful as a painting, a poem, or a piece of music. And the process of creating new mathematics is just that, an artistic pursuit--a deeply personal experience, which requires passion, dedication, and love. In Love and Math, Frenkel shows readers the aesthetic--and the truly powerful--side of mathematics, and enables appreciation of the field even from those who have long been terrified by it."--
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"Powerful, passionate and inspiring." --New York Times "[Frenkel's] winsome new memoir... is three things: a Platonic love letter to mathematics; an attempt to give the layman some idea of its most Read more...

 
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