Books by John D. Barrow

John Barrow is Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several bestselling books including: Theories of Everything, Impossibility, and


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Released: June 18, 2012

"An illuminating mix for sports fans and math buffs looking to hone their skills."
Entertaining deconstruction of the mathematics of sports. Read full book review >
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Released: May 9, 2011

"A solid overview of the evolution of cosmology, with illuminating coverage of the current state of the art. A useful complement to Roger Penrose's Cycles of Time (2011)."
A guided tour of conceptions of the universe, from the beginnings of modern science to the present. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A fascinating journey."
Can any one theory account for everything in the universe? Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"Another pleasing popularization of science from an old hand."
Define the universe, and give two examples. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"The innumerate will flee in terror, but those with an interest in mathematical history and the strange magic of numbers should find this a satisfying excursion."
Energy is mass times a constant squared. Patient mathematical explainer Barrow (The Book of Nothing, 2001, etc.) delivers a scholarly though always accessible account of the search for that constant—and for great big numbers generally. Read full book review >
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Released: April 12, 2001

"Elegant, learned, and far more accessible than much scientific discourse."
Much ado about, well, nothing. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Heady stuff this, caviar for the connoisseur—but not for the innumerate."
The Sussex astronomer (Theories of Everything, 1991, etc.) has done it again—i.e., wrought a brilliant summation of ideas about mathematics that shows a depth of scholarship and an analysis that will leave the reader more than a little shaken. Read full book review >