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Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality (utgåvan 2014)

av Edward Frenkel (Författare)

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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."--… (mer)
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Titel:Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality
Författare:Edward Frenkel (Författare)
Info:Basic Books (2014), 304 pages
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Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality av Edward Frenkel

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The chapters about Frenkel's life are fascinating, but I really got lost in the math parts. ( )
  TiffanyMM | Aug 14, 2020 |
I picked this book up at the library because I have been interested in pure and applied math for a long time now, although I was unacquainted with the author. He has two main subjects he wanted to convey in the book. The first one the story of how hard he had to struggle in the old Soviet system with its semi-official anti-semitism when it came to career advancement and which ended up forcing him to leave just at the time when the country was opening up to the West under Gorbachev. He had some references to mathematical ideas in this section, to provide background on the kinds of problems he was trying to solve, but at a relatively popular level. The second subject begins when he starts to work as a professional full-time mathematician in the West pursuing the Langlands program of unifying three far-flung fields in math along with the allied field of quantum physics. This was quite a bit more technical. At the very end, he talks about a couple of collaborative art projects he has been involved with. He wrote for a film project giving the proper context for the word "Love" in title of the book: which refers not to the ordinary emotion between people but the feeling a mathematician has for the beauty of mathematical truths.

I thought the book was interesting, though it seemed odd to think that it would be of widespread appeal with the rather lengthy technical sections with many pages of footnotes. He steers well clear from talking much about his domestic life with his parents and at home during his marriage, preferring to concentrate on what he did professionally. I didn't really know anything about the Langlands program as such before I read this book but had read with interest something about recent theorems connecting number theory, harmonic analysis, and Riemannian surfaces, so this was a good introduction.
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  rmagahiz | Jul 9, 2020 |
The memoirs portion of the book were interesting as it showed how the author pursued a career in math. ( )
  clmerle | Jul 22, 2017 |
It is hard for me decide what is more infectious : Frenkel's passion for the subject matter or the over-arching implications of the Langlands program. A fantastic book. Part of me wants to believe that this book would enter the public imagination the way, say, Feynman's QED might have. But, the reviews here suggest that the mathematical parts of the book might not have been as transparent as Frenkel intended. So, one will have to wait & see ... ( )
  aswinreadr | Jan 7, 2017 |
I would use this book as an extra credit project in my math classes. It does not involve solving problems, but teaches the importance of math in the world.
  amandakcook | Sep 19, 2016 |
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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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