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Michael and Connie begin the interview discussing that his book is a story about the power of mathematics, “truths,” and the wondrous nature of universe. For example, Michael uses Newton’s equation describing gravity to tell a story about how humans reached the moon in the late 1960s. Michael also briefly discusses Rudolf Clausius, a Prussian mathematician, and how his questions about life and death lead to the development of the second law of thermodynamics. Michael sees Rudolf’s story as a great example of the power of mathematics to help us understand the larger questions of life and existence. In addition, Michael briefly talks about his growing up in East Los Angeles and how he came to love mathematics and science.