Books : reviews

Edward Frenkel.
Love and Math: the heart of hidden reality.
Basin Books. 2013

What if you had to take an art class in which you were taught only how to paint a fence, but were never shown the paintings of van Gogh or Picasso? Alas, this is how math is taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching paint dry.

In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we've never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. Mathematics, he writes, directs the flow of the universe, lurks behind it a shapes and curves, holds the reins of everything from tiny atoms to the biggest stars. Love and Math is an invitation to discover the magic hidden universe of mathematics.