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  • The Infinite Bookby John D. Barrow

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 18.00

    For a thousand years, infinity has proven to be a difficult and illuminating challenge for mathematicians and theologians. It certainly is the strangest idea that humans have ever thought. Where did it come from and what is it telling us about our Universe? Can there actually be infinities? Is matter infinitely divisible into ever-smaller pieces?... more...

  • New Theories of Everythingby John D. Barrow

    OUP Oxford 2007; US$ 18.99

    Will we ever discover a scientific theory that tells us everything that has happened, and everything that will happen, on every level in the Universe? What might such a theory look like, and what would it mean? John D. Barrow guides us through the latest theories, predictions and controversies surrounding the ultimate explanation. more...

  • The Book of Nothingby John D. Barrow

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95

    What conceptual blind spot kept the ancient Greeks (unlike the Indians and Maya) from developing a concept of zero? Why did St. Augustine equate nothingness with the Devil? What tortuous means did 17th-century scientists employ in their attempts to create a vacuum? And why do contemporary quantum physicists believe that the void is actually seething... more...

  • Impossibilityby John D. Barrow

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 39.99

    In Impossibility , John D. Barrow--one of our most elegant and accomplished science writers--argues convincingly that there are limits to human discovery, that there are things that are ultimately unknowable, undoable, or unreachable. Barrow first examines the limits of the human mind: our brain evolved to meet the demands of our immediate environment,... more...

  • The Book of Universesby John D. Barrow

    Random House 2011; US$ 15.50

    This is a book about universes. It tells a story that revolves around a single extraordinary fact: that Albert Einstein's famous theory of relativity describes a series of entire universes. Not many solutions to Einstein's tantalising universe equations have ever been found, but those that have are all remarkable. Some describe universes that expand... more...

  • Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know Brain Shotby John D. Barrow

    Random House 2010; US$ 7.04

    'If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.' John von Neumann Mathematics can tell you things about the world that can't be learned in any other way. This hugely informative and wonderfully entertaining Brain Shot answers a few essential questions about existence. It unravels... more...

  • 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Knowby John D. Barrow

    Random House 2010; US$ 21.14

    'If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.' John von Neumann Mathematics can tell you things about the world that can't be learned in any other way. This hugely informative and wonderfully entertaining Brain Shot answers a few essential questions about existence. It unravels... more...

  • Cosmic Imageryby John D. Barrow

    Random House 2011; US$ 36.65

    * Certain key images embody our understanding of life and the universe we inhabit. Some, like Robert Hooke's first microscopic views of the natural world, or the stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope , were made possible by our new technical capabilities. * Others, like the first graph , were breathtakingly simple but perennially... more...

  • 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Sportby John D. Barrow

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.09

    What can maths tell us about sports? 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Sport sheds light on the mysteries of running, jumping, swimming and points scoring across the whole sporting spectrum. Whether you are a competitor striving to go faster or higher, or an armchair enthusiast wanting to understand more, this is a fascinating... more...

  • Mathleticsby John D. Barrow

    Random House 2013; US$ 12.68

    * How can sprinter Usain Bolt break his world record without running any faster? * Why do high-jumpers use the Fosbury Flop? * What's the best strategy for taking penalties in football? * What statistical advantage do left-handed boxers have over their right-handed opponents? * And did you know that gymnasts can experience stronger... more...