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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

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

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ISBN 9781786492951
Barcode 9781786492951
Published 6 May 2019 by Atlantic Books
Format Paperback, Export/Airside
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Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
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ISBN-13 9781786492951
ISBN-10 1786492954
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Atlantic Books
Imprint Atlantic Books
Publication Date 6 May 2019
International Publication Date 4 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Export/Airside
Edition Export/Airside
Author(s) By Strogatz, Steven
Category Calculus & Mathematical Analysis
History of Mathematics
Popular Science
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 233mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 515
Catalogue Code 985460

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 In this engaging book, Steven Strogatz illuminates the importance of calculus and explains its mysteries as only he can. * Sean Carroll, author of The Particle at the End of the Universe * An incalculable pleasure. If calculus is the language of the universe, then Steven Strogatz is its Homer. * Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness * A highly readable account of calculus and its modern applications - all done with the human touch. * Dr David Acheson, Emeritus Fellow, Oxford University and author of The Calculus Story * A tour de force. Elegant and ebullient. Strogatz speaks to everyone, reminding us why mathematics matters in a practical sense while all the time highlighting its beauty. * Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics at Harvard University and author of Dark Matter and The Dinosaurs * A wide-ranging, humane, thoroughly readable take on one of the greatest ideas our species has ever produced. * Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong * The most fascinating book I have ever read. If you have even the slightest curiosity about maths and its role in this world, I implore you to read this amazing book. * Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education, Stanford University * Simple, lucid, amusing, informative, and a pleasure to read. If you want to know where calculus came from, how it works, what it's good for, and where it's going next, this is the book for you. * Professor Ian Stewart, author of Significant Figures * Glorious! A master class in accessible maths writing and a perfect read for anyone who feels like they never quite understood what all the fuss was about. It had me leaping for joy. * Hannah Fry, bestselling author of Hello World and presenter of BBC R4's The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry * Eloquent, erudite and charming. A remarkable story. Strogatz is a world class mathematician and a world class science writer. With a light touch and razor-sharp clarity, he tells the remarkable story of a mathematical breakthrough that changed the world - and continues to do so. * Alex Bellos, bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland * Warning: this book is dangerous. It will make you love mathematics. Even more, there is a nonzero risk it will turn you into a mathematician. * Nassim Nicholas Taleb, bestselling author of The Black Swan *
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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