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The Big Bang of Numbers: How to build the universe using only maths
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The Big Bang of Numbers: How to build the universe using only maths

Devangshu Datta
The Big Bang of Numbers: How to build the universe using only maths
Author: Manil Suri
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 384
Price: Rs 699

Starting from scratch can you derive an entire, internally consistent, logical edifice of mathematics? Moreover, can you use that mathematics to “design” the universe, with its mind-bogglingly complex combination of physics, chemistry and biology?

In practice, of course, mathematics was derived from a combination of empiricism and applied logic. People saw things; counted them; measured them; and discovered deeper patterns and principles as they went along.

But the actual historical underpinnings haven’t stopped sundry mathematicians, logicians and philosophers from performing the ambitious thought experiment

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First Published: Dec 21 2022 | 10:30 PM IST

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