Cosmic Numbers Reprint Binding: Paperback Publisher: Perseus Books Group Publish Date: 2013/05/28 Synopsis: "Our fascination with numbers begins when we are children, and continues, for most of us, throughout our lives
We start counting our fingers and toes, and end up balancing check books and calculating risk. So powerful is the appeal of numbers that many people ascribe to them a mystical significance. And there are some numbers whose importance even transcends the supernatural--these numbers work to explain our universe and how it behaves. In Cosmic Numbers, mathematics professor James Stein traces the discovery, evolution, and interrelationships of the great numbers in that define our world. Some numbers, like the speed of light and absolute zero, are well known to the general public. Others, such as Boltzmann's constant and the Chandrasekhar limit, are kno...