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Nature's Numbers: The Unreal Reality Of Mathematics
     

Nature's Numbers: The Unreal Reality Of Mathematics

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by Ian Stewart
 

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"It appears to us that the universe is structured in a deeply mathematical way. Falling bodies fall with predictable accelerations. Eclipses can be accurately forecast centuries in advance. Nuclear power plants generate electricity according to well-known formulas. But those examples are the tip of the iceberg. In Nature's Numbers, Ian Stewart presents many

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"It appears to us that the universe is structured in a deeply mathematical way. Falling bodies fall with predictable accelerations. Eclipses can be accurately forecast centuries in advance. Nuclear power plants generate electricity according to well-known formulas. But those examples are the tip of the iceberg. In Nature's Numbers, Ian Stewart presents many more, each charming in its own way.. Stewart admirably captures compelling and accessible mathematical ideas along with the pleasure of thinking of them. He writes with clarity and precision. Those who enjoy this sort of thing will love this book."—Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465072736
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
Science Masters Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author


Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and is well known for his writing and broadcasting about mathematics for nonspecialists. He has written over 140 research papers on such subjects as symmetry in dynamics, pattern formation, chaos, and mathematical biology, as well as numerous popular books, including Letters to a Young Mathematician, Does God Play Dice?, What Shape Is a Snowflake?, Nature's Numbers, The Annotated Flatland, and Flatterland. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. He lives in Coventry, England.

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Nature's Numbers: The Unreal Reality of Mathematics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gurudatha More than 1 year ago
This is a very elegant book. I book assumes very little background in mathematics but having such a background does add value to the reading. In my opinion, this book is a good introduction to chaos theory, in a qualitative sense. Its an easy read, one could read the entire book in a few hours, also easily pick-up from a break.