Are Numbers Real?

The Uncanny Relationships Between Maths and the Physical World

Author: Brian Clegg

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472139771

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Have you ever wondered what humans did before numbers existed? How they organized their lives, traded goods, or kept track of their treasures? What would your life be like without them? Numbers began as simple representations of everyday things, but mathematics rapidly took on a life of its own, occupying a parallel virtual world. In Are Numbers Real? Brian Clegg explores the way that maths has become more and more detached from reality, yet despite this is driving the development of modern physics. From devising a new counting system based on goats, through the weird and wonderful mathematics of imaginary numbers and infinity to the debate over whether mathematics has too much influence on the direction of science, this fascinating and accessible book opens the reader's eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar world of numbers.
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The Brain from Inside Out

Author: György Buzsáki MD, PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190905395

Category: Science

Page: 464

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Is there a right way to study how the brain works? Following the empiricist's tradition, the most common approach involves the study of neural reactions to stimuli presented by an experimenter. This 'outside-in' method fueled a generation of brain research and now must confront hidden assumptions about causation and concepts that may not hold neatly for systems that act and react. György Buzsáki's The Brain from Inside Out examines why the outside-in framework for understanding brain function have become stagnant and points to new directions for understanding neural function. Building upon the success of Rhythms of the Brain, Professor Buzsáki presents the brain as a foretelling device that interacts with its environment through action and the examination of action's consequence. Consider that our brains are initially filled with nonsense patterns, all of which are gibberish until grounded by action-based interactions. By matching these nonsense "words" to the outcomes of action, they acquire meaning. Once its circuits are "calibrated" by action and experience, the brain can disengage from its sensors and actuators, and examine "what happens if" scenarios by peeking into its own computation, a process that we refer to as cognition. The Brain from Inside Out explains why our brain is not an information-absorbing coding device, as it is often portrayed, but a venture-seeking explorer constantly controlling the body to test hypotheses. Our brain does not process information: it creates it.
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MAA Notes

Author: N.A

Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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Your Birthday Sign Through Time

A Chronicle of the Forces That Shape Your Destiny

Author: Skye Alexander,Rochelle Gordon,Nadia Stieglitz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780743462617

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 864

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Comprehensive and captivating, this is the definitive astrological yearbook of the 20th century. An attractive compilation of signs and profiles, this book is an authoritative astrology book with an impressive reach. The addition of history, pop culture, and current events material makes it an enticing read.
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