Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them : A Journey to the Edge of Physics

Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them : A Journey to the Edge of Physics

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Antonio Padilla

Category: Sciences & Technology

Publication date: 7/6/23

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

ISBN 13: 9780198810506

Total Pages: 352 pages

Weight: 262

Dimensions: 128 x 197 x 28

What are the mysterious numbers that unlock the secrets of the universe?In Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them, leading theoretical physicist and YouTube star Antonio Padilla takes us on an irreverent cosmic tour of nine of the most extraordinary numbers in physics. These include Graham's number, which is so large that if you thought about it in the wrong way, your head would collapse into a singularity; TREE(3), whose finite value could never be reached before the universe reset itself; and 10^{-120}, which measures the desperately unlikely balance of energy the universe needs to exist. . . Leading us down the rabbit hole to the inner workings of reality, Padilla demonstrates how these unusual numbers are the key to unlocking such mind-bending phenomena as black holes, entropy and the problem of the cosmological constant, which shows that our two best ways of understanding the universe contradict one another. Combining cutting-edge science with an entertaining cosmic quest, Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them is an electrifying, head-twisting guide to the most fundamental truths of the universe.