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Seventeen Equations That Changed the World -- Paperback
Seventeen Equations That Changed the World -- Paperback
Publisher : Profile Books Ltd
Published Date : 2012/02
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781846685316

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Table of Contents
 
Why Equations?                                     viii
    1 The squaw on the hippopotamus                1   (20)
      Pythagoras's Theorem
    2 Shortening the proceedings                   21  (14)
      Logarithms
    3 Ghosts of departed quantities                35  (18)
      Calculus
    4 The system of the world                      53  (20)
      Newton's Law of Gravity
    5 Portent of the ideal world                   73  (16)
      The Square Root of Minus One
    6 Much ado about knotting                      89  (18)
      Eule's Formula for Polyhedra
    7 Patterns of chance                           107 (24)
      Normal Distribution
    8 Good vibrations                              131 (18)
      Wave Equation
    9 Ripples and blips                            149 (16)
      Fourier Transform
    10 The ascent of humanity                      165 (14)
      Navier-Stokes Equation
    11 Waves in the ether                          179 (16)
      Maxwell's Equations
    12 Law and disorder                            195 (22)
      Second Law of Thermodynamics
    13 One thing is absolute                       217 (28)
      Relativity
    14 Quantum weirdness                           245 (20)
      Schrodinger's Equation
    15 Codes, communications, and computers        265 (18)
      Information Theory
    16 The imbalance of nature                     283 (12)
      Chaos Theory
    17 The Midas formula                           295 (22)
      Black-Scholes Equation
Where Next?                                        317 (4)
Notes                                              321 (9)
Illustration Credits                               330 (1)
Index                                              331
 

This is 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. In "Seventeen Equations that Changed the World", acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart sets out seventeen groundbreaking equations that have altered the course of human history. He explores how Pythagoras' 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 Schrodinger's cat. Entertaining, surprising and vastly informative, "Seventeen Equations that Changed the World" is a highly original exploration - and explanation - of life on earth.