In Pursuit of the Unknown 17 Equations That Changed the World 

Author:
 Stewart, Ian 
ISBN:  9780465085989 
Publication Date:  Oct 2013 
Publisher:  Basic Books

Book Format:  Paperback 
List Price:  USD $16.99 
Book Description:

Most people are familiar with history’s great equations: Newton’s Law of Gravity, for instance, or Einstein’s theory of relativity. But the way these mathematical breakthroughs have contributed to human progress is seldom appreciated. In
In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart untangles the roots of our most important mathematical statements to show that equations have long been a driving force behind nearly every aspect of our...
More DescriptionMost people are familiar with history’s great equations: Newton’s Law of Gravity, for instance, or Einstein’s theory of relativity. But the way these mathematical breakthroughs have contributed to human progress is seldom appreciated. InIn Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart untangles the roots of our most important mathematical statements to show that equations have long been a driving force behind nearly every aspect of our lives. Using seventeen of our most crucial equationsincluding the Wave Equation that allowed engineers to measure a building’s response to earthquakes, saving countless lives, and the BlackScholes model, used by bankers to track the price of financial derivatives over timeStewart illustrates that many of the advances we now take for granted were made possible by mathematical discoveries. An approachable, lively, and informative guide to the mathematical building blocks of modern life,In Pursuit of the Unknownis a penetrating exploration of how we have also used equations to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world.