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The Loom of God: Mathematical Tapestries at the Edge of Timeby Clifford A Pickover
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From the mysterious cult of Pythagoras, to the awesome mechanics of Stonehenge, to the fearsome "gargoyles" and glorious fractals created on the computer screens of today, Pickover evokes the power of numbers and their connection with the search for the ultimate meaning of the universe. We learn that individuals through the ages have conjured numbers to predict the end of the world, to raise the dead, to find love, and to sway the outcome of wars. Even today, Pickover shows, serious mathematicians sometimes resort to mystical or religious reasoning when trying to convey the power of mathematics. Together we uncover mathematics in the most exquisite forms of nature - from the delicate shape of a spider web, to the curling spiral of a shell. We discover fractals in the branching patterns of blood vessels, plants, and mountain roots. And we grasp the power of a few simple concepts - including the gravitational constant and the speed of light - that control the destiny of the universe. Prepare yourself for a strange and often amusing journey. Let The Loom of God unlock the doors of your imagination through thought-provoking mysteries, puzzles, and problems on topics ranging from ancient Greek astronomy to Armageddon. A playground for computer hobbyists, an inspiring tome for science fiction aficionados, and an adventurous education for the curious in theology, astronomy, mathematics, and history, this book delivers a world of paradox and mystery. The Loom of God promises a creative, enticing, and unforgettable excursion along the vast tapestry, woven through history, of mathematics and the divine.
Book News Annotation:
The author of popular travel guides to black holes, infinity, and the wonderland of chaos leads readers into territory where angels fear to tread, or at least count their steps carefully. He explores the role of numbers in venerable religions, the cutting edge of computers and mathematics, ancient ruins such as Stonehenge, Kabbalism, and mathematical proofs of the end of the world (especially Friday the 13th of November 2026). Highly illustrated in black and white.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Los Angeles Times recently proclaimed that Clifford Pickover "stretches the limits of computers, art, and thought". In this latest creation, he bends his extraordinary talents to a challenging task — that of bridging the gulf that has so long divided mathematics and religion. Blending science fiction, history, science, and dazzling computer imagery, he unfolds the paradoxes of mysticism and science.
He enlivens his pursuit of linking mathematics with the divine by introducing each chapter with the episodic adventures of a delightful cast of science fiction characters. Traveling through time with these colorful characters as our guides, we search out the most fascinating moments in the history of mathematics and spirituality. From the mysterious cult of Pythagoras, to the awesome mechanics of Stonehenge, to the fearsome gargoyles and glorious fractals created on the computer screens of today, Pickover evokes the power of numbers and their connection with the search for the ultimate meaning of the universe.
Let The Loom of God unlock the doors of your imagination through topics ranging from ancient Greek astronomy to Armageddon. An adventurous education for the curious, The Loom of God promises a creative, enticing, and unforgettable excursion along the vast tapestry, woven through history, of mathematics and the divine.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-284) and index.
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