A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel

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Princeton University Press, 21.07.2010 - 296 Seiten
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While taking a class on infinity at Stanford in the late 1980s, Ravi Kapoor discovers that he is confronting the same mathematical and philosophical dilemmas that his mathematician grandfather had faced many decades earlier--and that had landed him in jail. Charged under an obscure blasphemy law in a small New Jersey town in 1919, Vijay Sahni is challenged by a skeptical judge to defend his belief that the certainty of mathematics can be extended to all human knowledge--including religion. Together, the two men discover the power--and the fallibility--of what has long been considered the pinnacle of human certainty, Euclidean geometry.


As grandfather and grandson struggle with the question of whether there can ever be absolute certainty in mathematics or life, they are forced to reconsider their fundamental beliefs and choices. Their stories hinge on their explorations of parallel developments in the study of geometry and infinity--and the mathematics throughout is as rigorous and fascinating as the narrative and characters are compelling and complex.


Moving and enlightening, A Certain Ambiguity is a story about what it means to face the extent--and the limits--of human knowledge.

 

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The book "A certain ambiguity" of Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal is a mathematical fiction that tries to give answers in basic philosophical questions that every human being is posing, like "What ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A Certain Ambiguity is a novel centered around a young Indian student who discovers something about his grandfather and then investigates the mystery. In the process, he discovers much about geometry ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Abschnitt 1
118
Abschnitt 2
134
Abschnitt 3
135
Abschnitt 4
145
Abschnitt 5
151
Abschnitt 6
152
Abschnitt 7
165
Abschnitt 8
199
Abschnitt 9
267
Abschnitt 10
269
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Über den Autor (2010)

Gaurav Suri, a partner at a global management consulting firm in San Francisco, holds a master's degree in mathematics from Stanford. Hartosh Singh Bal, a leading independent journalist in New Delhi, holds a master's degree in mathematics from New York University.

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