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17 Euations that Changed the World

Able to develop fractal geometry The Wave Euation is one of the most important euations in physics and is crucial for engineers studying the vibrations in vehicles and the response of buildings to earthuakes And the euation at the heart of Information Theory devised by Claude Shannon is the basis of digital communication todayAn approachable and informative guide to the euations upon which nearly every aspect of scientific and mathematical understanding depends In Pursuit of the Unknown is also a reminder that euations have profoundly influenced our thinking and continue to make possible many of the advances that we take for grant. While I enjoyed the description of many of the key euations covered I did not find them well laid out Either too great an understanding was assumed or too little My major concern with the b

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In In Pursuit of the Unknown celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical euations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances says Stewart but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human historyEuations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us says Stewart and it is through euations that we are able to make sense of and in turn influence our world Stewart locates the origins of each euation he presents from Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravi. There s been a trend for a couple of years in popular science to produce n greatest ideas type books the written euivalent of those interminable 50 best musicals or 100 favourite comed

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Ty to Einstein's Theory of Relativity within a particular historical moment elucidating the development of mathematical and philosophical thought necessary for each euation's discovery None of these euations emerged in a vacuum Stewart shows; each drew in some way on past euations and the thinking of the day In turn all of these euations 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. Not every chapter in the British mathematician s latest book is actually about an euation but most of them are He covers Pythagora s theorem the one about the sides of a triangle logarithms


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10 thoughts on “17 Euations that Changed the World

  1. says:

    So for a while now I’ve been wanting to read a popular math book and Ian is a well known mathematician I must say I was uite disappointed The book has 17 chapters according to the 17 euations that are listed on the front However my only concern with this book is how poor the “popularization” was Although the topics were very well written and extremely interesting I still think he did a poor job in simpli

  2. says:

    There's been a trend for a couple of years in popular science to produce 'n greatest ideas' type books the written euivalent of those interminable '50 best musicals' or '100 favourite comedy moments' or whatever shows that certain TV companies churn out Now it has come to popular maths in the form of Ian Stewart's 17 Euations that Changed the WorldStewart is a prolific writer according to the accompanying bumf he has authored than 80 books

  3. says:

    I am a fan of Ian Stewart I think he is one of the best writers about Mathematics and Science in general certainly one of the most approachable to a layman albeit a layman with a scientificmathematical bent I own and have read a number of his books and have enjoyed them all You can find a number of my reviews of his books on GoodreadsAs the subtitle says this book is about 17 euations that changed the world As one who has a PhD

  4. says:

    Great book Ian uses the euations as a launching pad to dive deeper into subjects that surround the euation I greatly enjoyed his selection of euations His last paragraph on each euation usually had some great personal commentary about society I was a little disappointed in the discussion of Maxwell's Euations as he tried to get a little technical but then said a couple times that it would be too hard to explain correctly in this book I'm

  5. says:

    There were parts of this book that made me want to rate this at least 4 stars but there were also uite A few boring parts that made me want to skip over them completely Overall it was A very interesting book and one that I will probably still recommend to some of the dedicated mathscience students in my GenEd classes

  6. says:

    Not every chapter in the British mathematician's latest book is actually about an euation but most of them are He covers Py

  7. says:

    While I enjoyed the description of many of the key euations covered I did not find them well laid out Either too great an understanding was assumed or too little My major concern with the book arose in the final euation chapter where the author covers the black scholes euation and blames the financial crisis on the use of derivatives in a blanket manner The arguments suggest a lack of understanding of fundamental economic theory particula

  8. says:

    An interesting idea but I found the book to be so badly written that it didn't really hold my attention Some of the euations are re

  9. says:

    NO review Just that I can't manage to bring myself back to this book again without putting myself to sleep Maybe later

  10. says:

    A neat idea this to sum up the history of human attempts to explain the physical world in 17 euations Ian Stewart takes us on a journey from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond which I found at times fascinating at t

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