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Arianrhod, Robyn

Robyn Arianrhod is a writer and mathematician (she is Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University). Her first book, Einstein’s Heroes: Imagining the world through the language of mathematics, was published by UQP in 2003. It has since been published in the UK and the US, and has been translated into French, Japanese, Korean and Turkish. It was shortlisted for the Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's Prize for a first book of history.

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Einstein's Heroes

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Imagine you are fluent in a language so powerful that when you write it down it mysteriously takes on a life of its own, beyond your thoughts or control. A magical language of prophecy, with which you can accurately describe things you cannot yet see or even imagine. Einstein's Heroes blends science, history and biography to take you on a journey of discovery about the phenomenon of mathematics - humanity's universal language and one of our most amazing accomplishments. It uses as its axis the lives and work of the brilliant scientists who inspired Einstein, particularly James Clerk Maxwell, Michael Faraday and Isaac Newton. Together, Maxwell and Faraday settled a centuries-old physical dispute, which Newton had left in his majestic wake, and established mathematics as the ultimate arbiter of physical reality.


Seduced by Logic

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Seduced by Logic is the gripping story about the lives and loves of two pioneering women of science, Émilie du Châtelet and Mary Somerville, and the ideas that seduced them both.