Faber buys Farmelo's 'thrilling' maths book

Faber buys Farmelo's 'thrilling' maths book

Faber will publish a new book from science writer Graham Farmelo. 

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Greatest Secrets is scheduled for publication in May 2019. Laura Hassan acquired world all Language rights direct from the author and Basic Books will publish in the US.

Billed as "a thrilling exploration of one of science's greatest mysteries” by Faber, the book explores that the fundamental laws of the universe are written in the language of mathematics.

"In this lively and authoritative book, Farmelo shows us how maths has helped physicists radically rethink concepts of gravity, space, and time, taking us on an adventure from the Enlightenment to the present with a vibrant cast of characters,” reads the blurb. "By illuminating the most exciting and controversial developments in contemporary thought, Farmelo reveals the huge imaginative leaps edging us towards an entirely new conception of the nature of our universe." 

Farmelo is a winner of the 2012 Kelvin Prize and Medal. He is a Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a regular visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He edited the bestselling It Must be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science (Granta) in 2002. His biography of Paul Dirac, The Strangest Man (Faber), won the 2009 Costa Biography Award.