The Book of Numbers

From the February 2009 Print Edition

Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio Simon & Schuster, 320 pages, $26 When it comes to mathematics, two things seem evident. First, a great many people have nothing but negative feelings about it. There is probably no other subject about which people so proudly proclaim their ignorance and . . . . Continue Reading »

Faith by the Numbers

From the December 2007 Print Edition

Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and ­Victorian Faith by Daniel J. Cohen Johns Hopkins University Press, 256 pages, $50 It is tempting to treat mathematics as though it existed in a socio-historical vacuum, unaffected by what happens to people and societies. Though, like any other form of . . . . Continue Reading »