Seventeen Equations that Changed the World (Ebook)

Ian Stewart

A unique history of humanity told through its seventeen defining equations; from Pythagoras to Calculus.

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.

Publication date: 02/02/2012

£9.99

ISBN: 9781847657695

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B006UU2TBW

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

Edited by: John Davey

Seventeen Equations that Changed the World (Paperback)

Ian Stewart

A unique history of humanity told through its seventeen defining equations; from Pythagoras to Calculus.

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.

Publication date: 13/06/2013

£9.99

ISBN: 9781846685323

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

Edited by: John Davey

Reviews for Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

'His wondrous world of worked-out maths and joined-up thinking is radical and even romantic'

 The Times

'Interesting and authoritative'

 BBC Focus

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart's recent books include (with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen) The Science of Discworld IV and (published by Profile) 17 Equations that Changed the World, The Great Mathematical Problems, Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries and Calculating the Cosmos. His app, Incredible Numbers, was published jointly by Profile and Touch Press in 2014.

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