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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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  • Product Details

    Author:
    Ian Stewart
    Format:
    Paperback
    Pages:
    360
    Publisher:
    Basic Books (October 8, 2013)
    Language:
    English
    ISBN-13:
    9780465085989
    ISBN-10:
    0465085989
    Case Pack:
    20
    Grade Level:
    8th Grade to College Graduate Student
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    Folder:
    hbgusa
    As low as:
    $14.62
    Weight:
    10.88oz
    Dimensions:
    5.5" x 8.375" x 1"
    List Price:
    $18.99
    Publisher Identifier:
    P-HACH
    Discount Code:
    A
    Age Range:
    13 to 99
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