Beyond Reason: Eight Great Problems That Reveal the Limits of Science

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April 2004



A mind-bending excursion to the limits of science and mathematicsAre some scientific problems insoluble? In Beyond Reason, internationally acclaimed math and science author A. K. Dewdney answers this question by examining eight insurmountable mathematical and scientific roadblocks that have stumped thinkers across the centuries, from ancient mathematical conundrums such as "squaring the circle," first attempted by the Pythagoreans, to G?del's vexing theorem, from perpetual motion to the upredictable behavior of chaotic systems such as the weather.A. K. Dewdney, PhD (Ontario, Canada), was the author of Scientific American's "Computer Recreations" column for eight years. He has written several critically acclaimed popular math and science books, including A Mathematical Mystery Tour (0-471-40734-8); Yes, We Have No Neutrons (0-471-29586-8); and 200% of Nothing (0-471-14574-2).


Introduction: Where Reason Cannot Go.
Math in the Cosmos.
1. The Energy Drain: Impossible Machines.
2. The Cosmic Limit: Unreachable Speeds.
3. The Quantum Curtain: Unknowable Particles.
4. The Edge of Chaos: Unpredictable Systems.
Math in the Holos.
5. The Circular Crypt: Unconstructable Figures.
6. The Chains of Reason: Unprovable Theorems.
7. The Computer Treadmill: Impossible Programs.
8. The Big-O Bottleneck: Intractable Problems.
Further Reading.


A.K. DEWDNEY, PH.D., is the author of several critically acclaimed math and science books, including A Mathematical Mystery Tour; Yes, We have No Neutrons; and 200% of Nothing, all from Wiley. He was a member of the computer science department at the university of Western Ontario and at the university of Waterloo for a combined period of thirty years before retiring. In 1996, he became an adjunct professor of biology at UWO. For eight years, Dewdney was the computer Recreations columnist for Scientific American magazine.


"...appropriate for general readership...should prove as popular as his other books..." (Short Book Reviews, Vol.24, No.3, December 2004) "...an intelligent book with considerable enthusiasm..." (Materials World, Vol.13, No.1) "...one of the most rewarding science reads I have had the pleasure of in a long time..."(Chemistry & Industry, 17 January 2005) "...fascinating...keeps firmly to the areas of science where the impossibility is demonstrable." (Fortean Times, No 189, November 2004) "...looks closely at eight great problems that reveal the limits of science..." (Materials World, September 2004)
EAN: 9780471013983
ISBN: 0471013986
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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