Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

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Profile, Feb 2, 2012 - Mathematics - 342 pages

From Newton's Law of Gravity to the Black-Scholes model used by bankers to predict the markets, equations, are everywhere -- and they are fundamental to everyday life.Seventeen Equations that Changed the World examines seventeen ground-breaking equations that have altered the course of human history. He explores how Pythagoras's Theorem led to GPS and Satnav; how logarithms are applied in architecture; why imaginary numbers were important in the development of the digital camera, and what is really going on with Schrödinger's cat.
Entertaining, surprising and vastly informative, Seventeen Equations that Changed the World is a highly original exploration -- and explanation -- of life on earth.

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Few people have such a helicopter view on physics and science in general and even fewer know how to write a book on it. Ian Stewart did such a good job that we even forgive him the common error that George Lemaitre was French. Read full review

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No-nonsense highlighting of equations, as opposed to avoiding them in the manner of many other mathematics books for general readers, and applied math as opposed to pure math -- discussions of how the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Ian Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. He has published more than eighty books including Mathematics of Life , Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities , Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures and The Science of Discworld trilogy with Terry Pratchett. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, appears frequently on radio and television, and does research on pattern formation and network dynamics.

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