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In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world / Ian Stewart.

Authors: Stewart, Ian, 1945-
Call number: 511.326 STE
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2012.
Publication date: 2012.
Subject: Mathematics -- History.
Equations -- History.
Physics -- History.
Title: In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world / Ian Stewart.
Additional title: 17 equations that changed the world
Seventeen equations that changed the world
Physical description: x, 342 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents note: Why equations? -- The squaw on the hippopotamus : Pythagoras's theorem -- Shortening the proceedings : logarithms -- Ghosts of departed quantities : calculus -- The system of the world : Newton's law of gravity -- Portent of the ideal world : the scare root of minus one -- Much ado about knotting : Euler's formula for polyhedra -- Patterns of chance : normal distribution -- Good vibrations : wave equation -- Ripples and blips : Fourier transform -- The ascent of humanity : Navier-Stokes equation -- Waves in the ether : Maxwell's equations -- Law and disorder : second law of thermodynamics -- One thing is absolute : relativity -- Quantum weirdness : Schrödinger equation -- Codes, communications, and computers : information theory -- The imbalance of nature : chaos theory -- The Midas formula : Black-Scholes equation -- Where next?
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-330) and index.
ISBN: 9780465029730 :
0465029736
LCCN: 2011944850
Url for this record: http://sherloc.imcpl.org/?itemid=|library/marc/dynix|1355552
Bib No.: 1355552

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