The Gravity of Math: How Geometry Rules the Universe

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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Steve Nadis, a contributing editor to Discover magazine and a contributing writer to Quanta, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Shing-Tung Yau is a mathematics professor at Tsinghua University and professor emeritus at Harvard University. The recipient of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in Beijing.

This is the fifth book that Nadis and Yau have written together.
"A captivating and comprehensive journey through the mathematics of gravity and its unresolved puzzles from the Big Bang to the formation of black holes. There are no better authors to tell the story than the brilliant mathematician Shing-Tung Yau and the exceptional science writer Steve Nadis. A must-read."--Avi Loeb, New York Times-bestselling author of Extraterrestrial
"This book will leave you amazed at how brilliant human thought discovered the intimate connection between the falling of an apple on Earth and the existence of a massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. With superb technical explanations and polished prose, this book illustrates how real mathematical physics can give even the most imaginative science fiction some pretty stiff competition for excitement."--Paul Nahin, University of New Hampshire
"A splendid rendition of one of our greatest scientific sagas, including the most recent instalments: this story of general relativity describes the mind-blowing union of gravitation and geometry, deftly weaving math and mass. A book on gravity that readers will fall for."--Karl Sigmund, author of The Waltz of Reason
"With clarity and finesse, Nadis and Yau chronicle the deep connections between mathematics and physical reality, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory. The Gravity of Math offers a literary treat for anyone looking for lucid explanations of the deep principles underlying contemporary physics."--Paul Halpern, author of The Allure of the Multiverse
"The best account on the crucial role played by mathematics in the formulation and development of general relativity that I have read so far."
--Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University