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In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world, Ian Stewart
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 In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewartbut this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history. Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he presentsfrom Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravity to Einstein's Theory of Relativitywithin a particular historical moment, elucidating the development of mathematical and philosophical thought necessary for each equation's discovery. None of these equations emerged in a vacuum, Stewart shows; each drew, in some way, on past equations and the thinking of the day. In turn, all of these equations paved the way for major developments in mathematics, science, philosophy, and technology. Without logarithms (invented in the early 17th century by John Napier and improved by Henry Briggs), scientists would not have been able to calculate the movement of the planets, and mathematicians would not have been able to develop fractal geometry. The Wave Equation is one of the most important equations in physics, and is crucial for engineers studying the vibrations in vehicles and the response of buildings to earthquakes. And the equation at the heart of Information Theory, devised by Claude Shannon, is the basis of digital communication today. An approachable and informative guide to the equations upon which nearly every aspect of scientific and mathematical understanding depends, In Pursuit of the Unknown is also a reminder that equations have profoundly influenced our thinking and continue to make possible many of the advances that we take for granted
 Language
 eng
 Extent
 x, 342 pages
 Contents

 Why equations?
 The squaw on the hippopotamus : Pythagoras's theorem
 Shortening the proceedings : logarithms
 Ghosts of departed quantities : calculus
 The system of the world : Newton's law of gravity
 Portent of the ideal world : the scare root of minus one
 Much ado about knotting : Euler's formula for polyhedra
 Patterns of chance : normal distribution
 Good vibrations : wave equation
 Ripples and blips : Fourier transform
 The ascent of humanity : NavierStokes equation
 Waves in the ether : Maxwell's equations
 Law and disorder : second law of thermodynamics
 One thing is absolute : relativity
 Quantum weirdness : Schrödinger equation
 Codes, communications, and computers : information theory
 The imbalance of nature : chaos theory
 The Midas formula : BlackScholes equation
 Where next?
 Isbn
 9780465029730
 Label
 In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world
 Title
 In pursuit of the unknown
 Title remainder
 17 equations that changed the world
 Statement of responsibility
 Ian Stewart
 Title variation
 17 equations that changed the world
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewartbut this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history. Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he presentsfrom Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravity to Einstein's Theory of Relativitywithin a particular historical moment, elucidating the development of mathematical and philosophical thought necessary for each equation's discovery. None of these equations emerged in a vacuum, Stewart shows; each drew, in some way, on past equations and the thinking of the day. In turn, all of these equations paved the way for major developments in mathematics, science, philosophy, and technology. Without logarithms (invented in the early 17th century by John Napier and improved by Henry Briggs), scientists would not have been able to calculate the movement of the planets, and mathematicians would not have been able to develop fractal geometry. The Wave Equation is one of the most important equations in physics, and is crucial for engineers studying the vibrations in vehicles and the response of buildings to earthquakes. And the equation at the heart of Information Theory, devised by Claude Shannon, is the basis of digital communication today. An approachable and informative guide to the equations upon which nearly every aspect of scientific and mathematical understanding depends, In Pursuit of the Unknown is also a reminder that equations have profoundly influenced our thinking and continue to make possible many of the advances that we take for granted
 Cataloging source
 BTCTA
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
 1945
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Stewart, Ian
 Dewey number
 511.326
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 index present
 LC call number
 QA21
 LC item number
 .S834 2012
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents
 bibliography
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 Mathematics
 Equations
 Physics
 Equations
 Mathematics
 Physics
 Equations
 Mathematics
 Physics
 Gleichung
 Theoretische Physik
 Mathematische Physik
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 In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world, Ian Stewart
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 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 321330) and index
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 Why equations?  The squaw on the hippopotamus : Pythagoras's theorem  Shortening the proceedings : logarithms  Ghosts of departed quantities : calculus  The system of the world : Newton's law of gravity  Portent of the ideal world : the scare root of minus one  Much ado about knotting : Euler's formula for polyhedra  Patterns of chance : normal distribution  Good vibrations : wave equation  Ripples and blips : Fourier transform  The ascent of humanity : NavierStokes equation  Waves in the ether : Maxwell's equations  Law and disorder : second law of thermodynamics  One thing is absolute : relativity  Quantum weirdness : Schrödinger equation  Codes, communications, and computers : information theory  The imbalance of nature : chaos theory  The Midas formula : BlackScholes equation  Where next?
 Control code
 ocn744287930
 Dimensions
 25 cm
 Extent
 x, 342 pages
 Isbn
 9780465029730
 Lccn
 2011944850
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code
 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 Specific material designation
 regular print
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 (Sirsi) i9780465029730
 (OCoLC)744287930
 Label
 In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world, Ian Stewart
 Link
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 321330) and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code
 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type code
 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 Why equations?  The squaw on the hippopotamus : Pythagoras's theorem  Shortening the proceedings : logarithms  Ghosts of departed quantities : calculus  The system of the world : Newton's law of gravity  Portent of the ideal world : the scare root of minus one  Much ado about knotting : Euler's formula for polyhedra  Patterns of chance : normal distribution  Good vibrations : wave equation  Ripples and blips : Fourier transform  The ascent of humanity : NavierStokes equation  Waves in the ether : Maxwell's equations  Law and disorder : second law of thermodynamics  One thing is absolute : relativity  Quantum weirdness : Schrödinger equation  Codes, communications, and computers : information theory  The imbalance of nature : chaos theory  The Midas formula : BlackScholes equation  Where next?
 Control code
 ocn744287930
 Dimensions
 25 cm
 Extent
 x, 342 pages
 Isbn
 9780465029730
 Lccn
 2011944850
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code
 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 Specific material designation
 regular print
 System control number

 (Sirsi) i9780465029730
 (OCoLC)744287930
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