Taming the Infinite: The Story of Mathematics

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Quercus Pub., 2008 - Mathematicians - 287 pages
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From ancient Babylon to the last great unsolved problems, Ian Stewart brings us his definitive history of mathematics. In his famous straightforward style, Professor Stewart explains each major development - from the first number systems to chaos theory - and considers how each affected society and changed everyday life forever.Maintaining a personal touch, he introduces all of the outstanding mathematicians of history, from the key Babylonians, Greeks and Egyptians, via Newton and Descartes, to Fermat, Babbage and Gödel, and demystifies maths' key concepts without recourse to complicated formulae. Written to provide a captivating historic narrative for the non-mathematician, A Babylonian Made My Blackberry is packed with fascinating nuggets and quirky asides, and contains 100 illustrations and diagrams to illuminate and aid understanding of a subject many dread, but which has made our world what it is today.

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Review: Taming the Infinite: The Story of Mathematics from the First Numbers to Chaos Theory

User Review  - Kavi Naidu - Goodreads

A very interesting and engaging read, anyone who is at all interested in mathematics will enjoy this book. It gives a good overview of mathematics, explaining both basic discoveries and more complex ... Read full review

Review: Taming the Infinite: The Story of Mathematics from the First Numbers to Chaos Theory

User Review  - André Maia - Goodreads

A nice book! A lot of doubts that I had when I was studying computer science were remedied with this book. Know how the concepts were created (and imagined), clarified much of question of the type ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Professor Ian Stewart is a world renowned popularizer of mathematics, having won many awards for furthering public understanding of science, including the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Medal and the Gold Medal of the Institute for Mathematics.He is the author of over 20 popular science and mathematics titles including Does God Play Dice?, Nature's Numbers (shortlisted for the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize), Life's Other Secret and Flatterland, which was in the top 20 Bestseller List in the USA.Professor Stewart is the mathematics consultant for New Scientist, and has been a consultant for Encyclopaedia Britannica. From 1990 to 2001 he wrote the 'Mathematical Recreations' column in Scientific American. He is an active research mathematician with over 160 published papers and is currently Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University where he is Director of the Mathematics Awareness Centre. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001.

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