The Universe in Zero Words

| May 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

“The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told through Equations” is an interesting book that tells the story of mathematics by discussing the essential equations, which have shaped mathematics, physics, economics and other fields. It’s quite a unique concept when you think about it, as most of the times popular science and math book authors tend to minimize the number of equations in their books.


Basic Info

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691152829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691152820
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About the Author

Writing is the second career of Dana Mackenzie, but at the same time it’s his first love. As a kid the author wanted to be a writer, but his academic career took him to a different direction. Dana Mackenzie earned a doctorate from Princeton, taught math for six years at Duke University and the for seven years at Kenyon College in Ohio. Besides his academic career Dan Mackenzie has worked for a number of magazines including:  Discover, Smithsonian, Science, and New Scientist.  Dan Mackenzie is also a  popular science  author.


Short Review

“The Universe in Zero Words” tells the history of twenty-four great and beautiful equations that have shaped mathematics, science, and society. Starting from the elementary equations of arithmetic and ending with the sophisticated astrophysics and arcane mathematical equations (Hamilton’s quaternion equations) the book has a lot to offer. Mackenzie, who has been called “a popular-science ace” byBooklist magazine, lucidly explains what each equation means, who discovered it (and how), and how it has affected our lives.


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