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By John D. Barrow

Impossibility

Limits of Science and the Science of Limits

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Impossibility by John D. Barrow

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What can we never do? Barrow looks at what limits there might be to human discovery, and what we might find, ultimately, to be unknowable, undoable, or unthinkable. Science is a big success story, but where will it end? And, indeed, will it end? Weaving together a tapestry of surprises, Barrow explores the frontiers of knowledge. We find that the notion of 'impossibility' has played a striking role in our thinking. Surrealism, impossible figures, time travel, paradoxes of logic and perspectives - all stimulate us to contemplate something more than what is. Using simple explanations, it shows the reader that impossibility is a deep and powerful notion; that any Universe complex enough to contain conscious beings will contain limits on what those beings can know about their Universe; that what we cannot know defines reality as surely as what we can know.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099772118
ISBN-10: 0099772116
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 25-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Maths and the Arts by John D. Barrow 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Maths and the Arts, Hardback (November 2014)

Shows us that mathematics and the arts are not so far removed from each other. This book takes us on a 100-step tour, guiding us through art forms as various as sculpture, literature, architecture and dance, and reveals what maths can tell us about the mysteries of the worlds of art and design.

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How can Usain Bolt break his world record without running any faster? Why do high-jumpers use the Fosbury Flop? What's the best strategy for taking penalties in football? What statistical advantage do left-handed boxers have over their right-handed opponents? The author shows how maths can give us surprising insights into the world of sports.

Book of Universes by John D. Barrow Book of Universes, Paperback (January 2013)

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » The author has strung together a whole heap of entertaining ideas on the thread of the limits of the possible - the limits of science, the human mind, cosmology and much more besides. This is Barrow at his best, getting a lot of deep ideas across relatively painlessly, and helping to show that in science everything is connected to everything else. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - John D. Barrow

John D. Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the current Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London. His principal area of scientific research is cosmology, and he is the author of many highly acclaimed books about the nature and significance of modern developments in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, including The Origin of the Universe, The Universe that Discovered Itself; The Book of Nothing, The Constants of Nature, The Infinite Book: a Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless, The Artful Universe Expanded, New Theories of Everything, Cosmic Imagery and, most recently, The Book of Universes.

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