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Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus - The Language of the Universe

Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus - The Language of the Universe (Hardback, Main)

By Strogatz, Steven

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A magisterial history of calculus (and the people behind it) from one of the world's foremost popularisers of mathematics.

ISBN 9781786492944
Barcode 9781786492944
Published 4 April 2019 by Atlantic Books
Format Hardback, Main
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ISBN-13 9781786492944
ISBN-10 1786492946
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Atlantic Books
Imprint Atlantic Books
Publication Date 4 April 2019
International Publication Date 6 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
Category Mathematics
Calculus & Mathematical Analysis
History of Mathematics
Popular Science
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 703g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Calculus - History
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 515.09
Catalogue Code 989258

Description of this Book

This is the captivating story of mathematics' greatest ever idea: calculus. Without it, there would be no computers, no microwave ovens, no GPS, and no space travel. But before it gave modern man almost infinite powers, calculus was behind centuries of controversy, competition, and even death. Taking us on a thrilling journey through three millennia, professor Steven Strogatz charts the development of this seminal achievement from the days of Aristotle to today's million-dollar reward that awaits whoever cracks Reimann's hypothesis. Filled with idiosyncratic characters from Pythagoras to Euler, Infinite Powers is a compelling human drama that reveals the legacy of calculus on nearly every aspect of modern civilisation, including science, politics, ethics, philosophy, and much besides.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review For those who feel insecure with symbols and formulae, the books is delightfully wordy... [it] offer[s] gloriously simple proof of Pythagoras' Theorem. * Daily Express on The Joy of X * 'Strogatz exhibits a journalistic eye for startling facts and memorable illustrations... the perfect maths lesson: lucid, illuminating and short.' * Telegraph on The Joy of X *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Steven Strogatz is the professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. A renowned teacher and one of the world's most highly cited mathematicians, he is the author of the bestselling The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity.

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