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Mathematics is the Poetry of Science

by Cedric (Professor, Professor, University of Lyon) Villani

Mathematics is the Poetry of Science Synopsis

In the words of the great poet Senghor, Cedric Villani makes the bold claim that Mathematics is the Poetry of Science. Perhaps paradoxical to some, both disciplines are concerned with describing the world around us, understanding its parts, and using this knowledge to create something profound. World-renowned mathematician and Fields Medallist Cedric Villani explores this analogy in this engaging and intelligent text, and shows how mathematics, one of the world's few universal languages, holds deep similarities to the literary genre. A great lover of poetry, he insists that the two are intrinsically linked in their aim of both tackling the complexities of our reality as well as distancing us from it so that we may better appreciate its beauty. In a more light-hearted and concise approach than his more theoretical academic works, this book represents one of Villani's attempts to communicate his love of mathematics to a wider audience, drawing daring parallels between two universes that meet in their aspiration of the sublime.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780198846437
Publication date: 4th March 2020
Author: Cedric (Professor, Professor, University of Lyon) Villani
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 80 pages
Categories: Popular mathematics,

About Cedric (Professor, Professor, University of Lyon) Villani

Cedric Villani is a French mathematician and politician working primarily on partial differential equations, Riemannian geometry and mathematical physics. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 and he was the director of Sorbonne University's Institut Henri Poincare from 2009 to 2017. Villani was elected to the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, during the 2017 legislative election.

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