In Pursuit of the Unknown

In Pursuit of the Unknown

Description

Most people are familiar with history's great equations: Newton's Law of Gravity, for instance, or Einstein's theory of relativity. But the way these mathematical breakthroughs have contributed to human progress is seldom appreciated. In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart untangles the roots of our most important mathematical statements to show that equations have long been a driving force behind nearly every aspect of our lives. Using seventeen of our most crucial equations--including the Wave Equation that allowed engineers to measure a building's response to earthquakes, saving countless lives, and the Black-Scholes model, used by bankers to track the price of financial derivatives over time--Stewart illustrates that many of the advances we now take for granted were made possible by mathematical discoveries. An approachable, lively, and informative guide to the mathematical building blocks of modern life, In Pursuit of the Unknown is a penetrating exploration of how we have also used equations to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world.


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Details

Author(s)
Ian Stewart
Format
Paperback | 360 pages
Dimensions
140 x 213 x 25mm | 308g
Publication date
08 Oct 2013
Publisher
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Imprint
BASIC BOOKS
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0465085989
ISBN13
9780465085989
Bestsellers rank
175,303