The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math by Suri, Manil
Manil Suri

The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math -- Manil Suri

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Our universe has multiple origin stories, from religious creation myths to the Big Bang of scientists. But if we leave those behind and start from nothing--no matter, no cosmos, not even empty space--could we create a universe using only math? Irreverent, richly illustrated, and boundlessly creative, The Big Bang of Numbers invites us to try.

In this new mathematical origin story, mathematician and novelist Manil Suri creates a natural progression of ideas needed to design our world, starting with numbers and continuing through geometry, algebra, and beyond. He reveals the secret lives of real and imaginary numbers, teaches them to play abstract games with real-world applications, discovers unexpected patterns that connect humble lifeforms to enormous galaxies, and explores mathematical underpinnings for randomness and beauty. With evocative examples ranging from multidimensional crochet to the Mona Lisa's asymmetrical smile, as well as ingenious storytelling that helps illuminate complex concepts like infinity and relativity, The Big Bang of Numbers charts a playful, inventive course to existence. Mathematics, Suri shows, might best be understood not as something we invent to explain Nature, but as the source of all creation, whose directives Nature tries to obey as best she can.

Offering both striking new perspectives for math aficionados and an accessible introduction for anyone daunted by calculation, The Big Bang of Numbers proves that we can all fall in love with math.

Author: Manil Suri
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 09/20/2022
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.43lbs
Size: 9.26h x 6.29w x 1.22d
ISBN: 9781324007036

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2022
Publishers Weekly 09/12/2022