It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science

It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science

by Graham Farmelo
     
 

ISBN-10: 1862074798

ISBN-13: 9781862074798

Pub. Date: 02/01/1902

Publisher: Granta Books

The equation has come to embody the mystery and terror of modern science. It Must Be Beautiful is a wide-ranging collection of writings that lift the lid on some of the most influential — and notorious — equations of all time. This book brings together gifted scientists and writers, including Nobel Prize winners, to interpret the scientific work of

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The equation has come to embody the mystery and terror of modern science. It Must Be Beautiful is a wide-ranging collection of writings that lift the lid on some of the most influential — and notorious — equations of all time. This book brings together gifted scientists and writers, including Nobel Prize winners, to interpret the scientific work of the 20th century and place it in historical perspective. Each essay presents the essence of an equation, explains why it is fundamental, defines its scope and limitations, and finally states its importance in the wider intellectual and popular culture.

Contributors include Peter Galison, of Harvard University, on E=mc2; Roger Penrose on Einstein�s equation of general relativity; Robert May, President of the Royal Society, on the quadratic map; John Maynard Smith on the mathematics of evolution; award-winning journalist Aisling Irwin on the equations which predicted that a hole would appear in the ozone layer; Frank Wilczek on the Dirac equation for the electron; Oliver Morton, contributing editor to Wired magazine, on the Drake equation, which clarifies thinking about the likelihood of extra-terrestrial life; and a thoughtful afterword by Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781862074798
Publisher:
Granta Books
Publication date:
02/01/1902
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.16(d)

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