Author: Edward Frenkel
An invitation to discover the magical hidden universe of mathematics.
Edward Frenkel’s passion for mathematics took him away from a Soviet Union hostile to the academic pursuits of a young Jew and led him to become one of the world’s foremost researchers in this field.
It was also his passion for mathematics that made him write this book: an invitation to discover that mathematical concepts go far beyond what we learn in school, and how they explain the mechanisms that govern our lives and the world around us.
To introduce us to these mechanisms, Frenkel draws on his own history, which is largely intertwined with the recent attempts in modern mathematics to achieve a unified theory that is expected to revolutionize the way we understand the universe. Explained through engaging language, yet with scientific rigor, they show us that what we know as mathematics is only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg, as accessible and rich in beauty as we never imagined.