Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny by Ivar Ekeland

Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny



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Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny Ivar Ekeland
Page: 214
ISBN: 9780226199955
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Optimists believe this is the best of all possible worlds. And pessimists fear that might really be the case. But what is the best of all possible worlds? How do we define it? This question has preoccupied philosophers and theologians for ages, but there was a time, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when scientists and mathematicians felt they could provide the answer. This book is their story. Ivar Ekeland here takes the reader on a journey through scientific attempts to envision the best of all possible worlds. He begins with the French physicist Maupertuis, whose least-action principle, Ekeland shows, was a pivotal breakthrough in ... MORE EBOOKS:
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