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Publisher's Summary
Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how  if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind  it can so perfectly explain the physical world.
Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that  mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is "a product of human thought that is independent of experience," how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us?
Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.
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 Rick B
 070821
Origins of Mathematics
The title of this book is not it's directive. The real story behind these pages is the history, development and refinement of mathematics. If you enjoy learning especially as relates to history and science, then you will like this audio book. I was so impressed, I purchased the hard copy for my library. Mario Livio is a great scientist and Tom Parks the narrator perfects his story in a most understandable way. There is humor to start with which balances the facts and gives the book it's title. In the end, there is no religious directives. You are left with your own decisions. Is mathematics discovered or is it a specific development of the human mind. For me, I believe that mathematics is the language of the universe. Nature is the magnificent teacher from which we learn her lessons. There is perfect structure all around us, down to the atomic level. Nature defines the structure of all the processes that surround us, all we have to do is appreciate the gifts we are allowed access too.
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 Rich
 042219
Great Investment of Time and Money
Of the 50 plus books I own, I return to this the almost every day — much like listening to a mountaintop prophet sharing insights that finally puts math in its deserved perspective.
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 Abs
 070222
great but a little hard to understand at times.
great points though a little hard to follow at times. for me at least. but got through it and was very deep.
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Journey to the Edge of Reason
 The Life of Kurt Gödel
 By: Stephen Budiansky
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
 Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
 Unabridged

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Nearly a hundred years after its publication, Kurt Gödel's famous proof that every mathematical system must contain propositions that are true  yet never provable  continues to unsettle mathematics, philosophy, and computer science. Yet unlike Einstein, with whom he formed a warm and abiding friendship, Gödel has long escaped all but the most casual scrutiny of his life.


Highly recommended
 By J.A.MANOHARAN on 102521

The Joy of x
 A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
 Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
 Unabridged

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Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.


Great listen
 By cameron on 081619
By: Steven Strogatz

The Man from the Future
 The Visionary Life of John von Neumann
 By: Ananyo Bhattacharya
 Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
 Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
 Unabridged

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The smartphones in our pockets and computers like brains. The vagaries of game theory and evolutionary biology. Nuclear weapons and selfreplicating spacecrafts. All bear the fingerprints of one remarkable, yet largely overlooked, man: John von Neumann.


Good book, very odd narration
 By Ben Wiener on 041022

The Shape of a Life
 One Mathematician’s Search for the Universe’s Hidden Geometry
 By: ShingTung Yau, Steve Nadis
 Narrated by: Arthur Morey
 Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
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Harvard geometer and Fields medalist ShingTung Yau has provided a mathematical foundation for string theory, offered new insights into black holes, and mathematically demonstrated the stability of our universe. In this autobiography, Yau reflects on his improbable journey to becoming one of the world’s most distinguished mathematicians. With complicated ideas explained for a broad audience, listeners not only get insights into the life of an eminent mathematician, but also an accessible way to understand advanced and highly abstract concepts in mathematics and theoretical physics.
By: ShingTung Yau, and others