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How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space Read & Download ✓ 109 review How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space F hot and cold spots left over from the big bang may one day reveal the size and shape of the cosmos She does so with such originality lucidity and even poetry that How the Universe Got Its Spots becomes a thrilling and deeply personal communication between a scientist and the lay reader. Originally published on my blog here in October 2002It is not generally speaking usual for modern science books to be concerned with the private lives of their authors even though it is inevitable that the scientific work that they have done will have been influenced by this This is a result of the idea that scientific ideas should be valid without any cultural context but the anecdotes which litter popular science books demonstrate how important some subjectivity is for interesting the reader few people read textbooks for pleasure An excellent example is Pais Subtle is the Lord which is a biography of Einstein which places eual emphasis on his life story and an explanation of his ideasHow the Universe Got Its Spots is based on a series of letters written by cosmologist Janna Levin to her mother which seek to explain her work I don t know how much Levin s mother already knew but the letters don t presuppose significant amounts of scientific and mathematical education which makes even writing the letters in the first place uite a brave thing to do a parent is a far difficult audience than some unknown reader The letters also contain details of her personal life over a two year period a diary of the gradual breakdown of Levin s relationship with musician WarrenLevin s work is in the topology of cosmology trying to come up with possible descriptions of the large scale shape and structure of the universe This may be discernible as patterns in such measurements as the COBE map of variations in the cosmic background radiation The ideas which are introduced to explain this include a fair amount of topology which is one of the entertaining branches of mathematics The explanations of the ideas behind Levin s work are clear and simple though as someone who has studied topology I might well not be a good judgeIt is for the combination of the science and the personal history that readers will pick up How the Universe Got Its Spots however The way that the two are put together makes the book reminiscent of a novel which was a bestseller a few years ago Sophie s World by Jostein Gaardner That book though intended to introduce children to philosophy was enjoyed by large numbers of adults and if you liked it you are pretty certain to like this Night Owl Loonette The Big Comfy Couch poetry that How the Universe Got Its Spots becomes a thrilling and deeply Deadshifted personal communication between a scientist and the lay reader. 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How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space Read & Download ✓ 109 review How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space N as she sets out to determine how big “really big” may be Levin gives us an intimate look at the day to day life of a globe trotting physicist complete with jet lag and romantic disturbancesNimbly synthesizing geometry topology chaos and string theories Levin shows how the pattern o. My family has a joke that there are three kinds of math Math hard math and math that will make you cry I for one crashed and burned spectacularly on the easy end of hard math But this doesn t mean that I don t want to know about math that will make you cry Janna Levin is great at taking complexmind bending mathematics and explain the theory and idea behind it without actually using math She explains it with passion and intelligence and acknowledgement of her own limitations and the limitations of the field as it stands today or 2001 when the diary ends I can t wait for whatever non math that will make you cry works comes next because I know I can t read any of her technical papers

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How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space Read & Download ✓ 109 review How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space Is the universe infinite or just really big With this uestion the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science For eve. This book is pretty easy to read There is some geometry but almost no formulas the reading level is like Scientific American The author is a master of making a complex subject easy to understand with analogies and simple diagrams The book is structured as a series of letters to the author s mother and the author intersperses personal details of her friends and love life She is constantly shifting residences as she migrates between cities in California and England She s at Columbia now Her love life is crazy mathphysics chick meets totally unstable male musician You don t want to live in the apartment next door to them The book is written with feeling and humor Fundamentally the work focuses on the state of the universe using an analogy of triangles Is the universe stable like a normal triangle drawn on a flat surface Or is it expanding symbolized by a bulging triangle drawn on a sphere Or is it a collapsing universe symbolized by a triangle drawn on a saddle where the sides of the triangle bow inwards The geometry also relates to whether or not the universe is finite or infinite Levin believes it is finite but that view may be an unprovable proposition because it may be finite but too big for us to ever see the end of it You are here somewhere You get the strong sense that people with this kind of mathematical genius are fragile and a bit uncomfortable with their feet touching the world the rest of us live inphoto of the author from hudsonvalleyonecom