# The Mathematical Universe: From Pythagoras to Planck (Springer Praxis Books)

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This is a book about the mathematical nature of ourUniverse. Armed with no more than basic high schoolmathematics, Dr. Joel L. Schiff takes you on a foray through someof the most intriguing aspects of the world around us. Along theway, you will visit the bizarre world of subatomic particles, honeybees and ants, galaxies, black holes, infinity, and more. Includedare such goodies as measuring the speed of light with yourmicrowave oven, determining the size of the Earth with a stick inthe ground and the age of the Solar System from meteorites,understanding how the Theory of Relativity makes your everyday GPSsystem possible, and so much more. These topics are easilyaccessible to anyone who has ever brushed up against thePythagorean Theorem and the symbol π, with the lightest dusting ofalgebra. Through this book, science-curious readers will come toappreciate the patterns, seeming contradictions, and extraordinarymathematical beauty of our Universe.“I first had a quick look, then I started reading it. Icouldn't stop. I liked the writing style and really enjoyed thecontents.” -Gerard 't Hooft (Nobel Prize, in Physics 1999)