What if you had to take an art class in which you were only
taught how to paint a fence? What if you were never shown the paintings of van
Gogh and Picasso, weren’t even told they existed? Alas, this is how math is
taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching
In Love and Math,
renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we’ve never seen,
suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt
and passionate book, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a
specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures,
time, and space.
Love and Math
tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young
man’s journey learning and living it. Having braved a discriminatory
educational system to become one of the twenty-first century’s leading
mathematicians, Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of
math in the last fifty years: the Langlands Program. Considered by many to be a
Grand Unified Theory of mathematics, the Langlands Program enables researchers
to translate findings from one field to another so that they can solve
problems, such as Fermat’s last theorem, that had seemed intractable before.
At its core, Love and
Math is a story about accessing a new way of thinking, which can enrich our
lives and empower us to better understand the world and our place in it. It is
an invitation to discover the magic hidden universe of mathematics. Download and start listening now!