Are We Alone – Method to Our Mathness

by Gary Niederhoff on December 15, 2010

The language of science is mathematics. As incredible as it seems, the universe seems to run according to laws we can write down on chalkboards.

But it’s not just lab-coated researchers who wield the tool of math: Madison Avenue knows that if they tell you that a shampoo is 32 percent better, you’re likely to buy it.

Also, how scientists of the early twentieth century were forced to invent entirely new mathematical paradigms to describe the cosmos on big scales and small – the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics.

Plus, what about everyday arithmetic? Have pocket calculators and digital cash registers dumbed down the populace?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Charles Seife on Proofiness.
Part 2: James Kakalios on quantum mechanics.
Part 3: Leonard Mlodinow on unification theory.
Part 4: Aimee Ellington on classroom math.

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