Visions of Infinity: The Great Mathematical Problems

Visions of Infinity: The Great Mathematical Problems

by Ian Stewart
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Visions of Infinity: The Great Mathematical Problems by Ian Stewart

Acclaimed writer and mathematician Ian Stewart investigates history's most important and elusive math problems
For every problem mathematicians solve, another awaits to perplex and galvanize them. Such challenges offer a tantalizing glimpse of the field's unlimited potential and keep mathematicians looking toward the horizons of intellectual possibility.
In Visions of Infinity, Ian Stewart explains why these problems exist, what drives mathematicians to solve them, and why their efforts matter in the context of science as a whole. Stewart describes solved problems as well as those like the P/NP problem, which could easily remain unproved for another hundred years.
An approachable and illuminating history of mathematics as told through fourteen of its greatest problems, Visions of Infinity reveals how mathematics the world over have risen to meet the challenges set by their predecessors-and how the enigmas of the past inevitably surrender to the powerful techniques of the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465065998
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 766,861
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Ian Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and active researcher at the University of Warwick. He is also a regular research visitor at the University of Houston, the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications in Minneapolis, and the Santa Fe Institute. His writing has appeared in New Scientist, Discover, Scientific American, and many newspapers in the U.K. and U.S. He lives in Coventry, England.

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The_Fool More than 1 year ago
Ian Stewart makes math accessible to the non-mathematician. Recommended for anyone who thinks math is not evolving and discovering new results.