In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

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The seventeen equations that form the basis for life as we know it
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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Publisher
Basic Books
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Published on
Mar 13, 2012
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Pages
360
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ISBN
9780465029747
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Language
English
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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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