Five more golden rules: knots, codes, chaos, and other great by John Casti

By John Casti

"Casti is without doubt one of the nice technological know-how writers." -San Francisco Examiner
"Casti's present is so as to allow the nonmathematical reader percentage in his realizing of the great thing about an exceptional theory." -Christian technological know-how Monitor
Following up the acclaimed 5 Golden ideas, one other quintet of glowing math discoveries
With 5 extra Golden ideas, readers are handled to a different attention-grabbing set of theoretical gem stones from acclaimed renowned technology writer John Casti. Injecting all-new components into his trademark recipe of real-world examples, ancient anecdotes, and easy causes, Casti once more brings math to exciting existence. All who loved the original pleasures of the unique will love this follow-up survey highlighting the creme de los angeles creme of math within the final century.
Explores how knot idea informs the vintage story of Alexander the nice and the Gordian Knot
* Considers how the Shannon Coding conception applies to interpreting the human genome
John L. Casti, PhD (Santa Fe, NM), a resident member of the Santa Fe Institute, is a professor on the Technical college of Vienna and the writer of Would-Be Worlds (Wiley) and Cambridge Quintet.

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46 You want to swim down the canal to touch the ocean on both sides. The slump of a homeless man by a bank in the town you’re planning on leaving, reaches a hand up to tug gold from the sky itself. * When the gods hand over what the people have asked for, you feel the sky swoop so low that clouds scrape the earth. Among the crowds, you look for somebody who knows you, in the hope they’ll tell a story you have not yet heard. 47 UNEARTH Do you know the smash of atoms I know it grew a field that I tilled till it cracked and sent me under the earth Do you know Caesar I have heard a billion years and each guessed the flavour of his blood Do you know the body As I know you: too well and more with each spent breath Do you know Jesus I knew him Horatio In a wax museum I touched his bloody lips 48 COUNTRYMEN Turning and turning to a never you know we have been here before.

Still the red flags flapping and licking. This is what we used to call a fairy tale. Inside, we are promised, nothing will grow. 23 WET The lakes were incapable of being owned. They turned wild. Their phones rang noon, night, lines curled round and lingering off bright cliff-faces. And the lakes, they kissed those faces; they dangled their voices off precipices. The lakes always remembered their mothers; they could will any dry eyes wet. They did not stand, as we do, trying to turn streetcorners into wetlands by spitting.

21 But beyond breath, perhaps the lake calms, perhaps the glacier’s rush’ll slow, till the earth’s set to still. * There is no cure we know in numbers. The dying animal makes no speech. We know only the continent. We know not to leave the land behind. * We stand our ground on the ocean, and invent what we trust in the earth. In this summer of constant morning, we are braver than science. * 22 Out on the ice, we take eight red flags, and light every volcano for miles. Still the red flags flapping and licking.

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