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A beautiful question : finding nature's deep design, Frank Wilczek

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A beautiful question : finding nature's deep design
Title
A beautiful question
Title remainder
finding nature's deep design
Statement of responsibility
Frank Wilczek
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Language
eng
Summary
Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this "beautiful question." With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek's groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry--harmony, balance, proportion--and economy. There are other meanings of "beauty," but this is the deep logic of the universe--and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. As he reveals here, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that "all things are number," to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentieth-century physics. Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. Yes: the world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls.--From publisher description
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YDXCP
Dewey number
530.01
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
A beautiful question : finding nature's deep design, Frank Wilczek
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [397]-409) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The question -- Pythagoras I : thought and object -- Pythagoras II : number and harmony -- Plato I : structure from symmetry : Platonic solids -- Plato II : escaping the cave -- Newton I : method and madness -- Newton II : color -- Newton III : dynamic beauty -- Maxwell I : God's esthetics -- Maxwell II : the doors of perception -- Prelude to symmetry -- Quantum beauty I : music of the spheres -- Symmetry I : Einstein's two-step -- Quantum beauty II : exuberance -- Symmetry II : local color -- Quantum beauty III : beauty at the core of nature -- Symmetry III : Emmy Noether : time, energy, and sanity -- Quantum beauty IV : in beauty we trust -- A beautiful answer?
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Dimensions
25 cm
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Extent
430 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594205262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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Other physical details
illustrations (colour, black and white)
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  • (OCoLC)894026160
  • (OCoLC)16003806
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  • (OCoLC)ocn894026160
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