What We Cannot Know

by Marcus du Sautoy

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What We Cannot Know Synopsis

Where did we come from? What is the ultimate destiny of the universe? What are the building blocks of the physical world? What is consciousness?  Are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe? Are some regions of the future beyond the predictive powers of science and mathematics? Is time before the big bang a no go arena? Are there ideas so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains? Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infinite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself? Are there true statements that can never be proved true? Prepare to be taken to the edge of knowledge to find out what we cannot know.

What We Cannot Know Press Reviews

Praise for Marcus du Sautoy:

'Marcus du Sautoy [is] surely the single element in the Venn diagram intersection of mathematician and cool
The Guardian

'Careful now! This book may trick you into learning something. Warning! Don't start reading this unless you have something to scribble on. Someday all maths will be taught like this. If Maths is the Queen of Sciences, this is her with her petticoats undone'
Dara O'Briain

'Mind-bending, fascinating and useful too. Maths didn't used to be this much fun'
Alan Davies

'Brilliant and fascinating. No one is better at making the recondite accessible and exciting'
Bill Bryson

'I felt I was being carried off on a wonderful journey, a thrilling research expedition to the teasing and mysterious boundaries of scientific knowledge, and I never wanted to turn back. Du Sautoy is a masterful and friendly guide to these remotest regions ... It is absolutely fascinating throughout, and I really loved it'
Richard Holmes

'I admire and envy the clarity and authority with which Marcus du Sautoy addresses a range of profound issues. His book deserves a wide readership'
Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal

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ISBN: 9780007576661
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007576661
Publication date: 19th May 2016
Author: Marcus du Sautoy
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Popular Science,
Categories: Mathematics, Popular science,

About Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Wadham College. He has been named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's leading scientists, has written extensively for the Guardian, The Times and the Daily Telegraph and has appeared on Radio 4 on numerous occasions. He is the author of 'The Music of the Primes' and has presented 'Mind Games' and 'Music of the Primes' on BBC television. He was the Royal Institution Christmas lecturer in 2006, broadcast on Channel 5, and is filming 'The Story of Maths' for the BBC. In October 2008 ...

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