Johan van Leeuwaarden published in two popular scientific books

Recently two popular scientific books appeared containing a contribution of Johan van Leeuwaarden.

In ‘Hoe zwaar is licht?’ (What is the weight of light?) van Leeuwaarden answers a question about π. In ‘Wetenschappelijke parels’ (original title: Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments) he tells about sphere packing in mathematics.


Hoe zwaar is licht

Hoe zwaar is licht

‘Hoe zwaar is licht’ was initiated by the ‘Nationale Wetenschapsagenda’ (National

Science Agenda); in 2015 the Dutch were asked to send in scientific questions they had been asking themselves for a long time. Out of 12,000 entries the hundred most interesting questions were chosen to be answered in this publication. Johan van Leeuwaarden explains why even today our super computers are not able to define π.
‘Hoe zwaar is licht’ was published by Balans on 28 February 2017 and introduced during the Evening of Science 2017.
ISBN: 9789460034459(ebook), ISBN: 9789460034435 (paperback)


Wetenschappelijke parels

Wetenschappelijke ParelsEach year John Brockman, founder of, a platform for complex and sophisticated minds, asks one specific question to a selection of renowned scientists, autors and artists. The answers to these questions are brought together in a book.
In this year’s publication Johan van Leeuwaarden tells about sphere packing in mathematics (what is the most optimal way to pack oranges in a box). He explains the phenomenal prove for optimal sphere packing in dimension eight that was discovered by Maryna Viazovska, a mathematician from Ukraine, in 2016.
‘Wetenschappelijk parels’ was published by Maven in March 2017.
Original title: Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments
ISBN: 9789492493156