Ian StewartMarch 13, 2012

Sold by Basic BooksMost 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

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,

Publisher

Basic Books

Published on

Mar 13, 2012

Pages

360

ISBN

9780465029747

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Language

English

Genres

Computers / Computer Science

Computers / History

Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics

Mathematics / Applied

Mathematics / Calculus

Mathematics / Essays

Mathematics / History & Philosophy

Mathematics / Study & Teaching

Science / Essays

Science / History

Science / Physics / Quantum Theory

Science / Physics / Relativity

Science / Waves & Wave Mechanics

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