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In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart¬óbut this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history.

Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world…

Submitted:Apr 16, 2012
Author:Ian Stewart
Brand:Basic Books
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4 diggs • 1 comment • Apr 16, 2012

In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

Recommended: An important book by Ian Stewart.


Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe

The genesis of the universe elegantly explained in a simple theory based on just six numbers by one of the world's most renowned astrophysicists

Submitted:Jun 28, 2008
Author:Martin Rees
Brand:Basic Books
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3 diggs • 0 comments • Jun 28, 2008

Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe

Just six numbers govern the shape, size, and texture of our universe. If their values were only fractionally different, we would not exist: nor, in many cases, would matter have had a chance to form. If the numbers that govern our universe were elegant--1, say, or pi, or the Golden Mean--we would simply shrug and say that the universe was an elegan


Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought

"Will change your idea of what it is to be creative and even what it is to be human."--(William Poundstone, New York Times Book Review)

Submitted:Mar 14, 2007
Author:Douglas R. Hofstadter
Brand:Basic Books
Total comments:1
Category:Cognitive Simulation
3 diggs • 1 comment • Mar 14, 2007

Amazon's First Book!

An earlier edition of this book was the first sold on Amazon in July 1995.


A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down

Why everything we think about fundamental physical laws needs to change, and why the greatest mysteries of physics are not at the ends of the universe but as close as the nearest ice cube or grain of salt.

Not since Richard Feynman has a Nobel Prize-winning physicist written with as much panache as Robert Laughlin does in this revelatory and essential book. Laughlin proposes nothing less than a new way of understanding fundamental laws of science. In this age of superstring theories and Big-Bang cosmology, we're used to thinking of the unknown as being impossibly distant from our everyday lives…

Submitted:Dec 26, 2005
Author:Robert B. Laughlin
Brand:Basic Books
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5 diggs • 0 comments • Dec 26, 2005

Reinventing Physics

"In the search for a "theory of everything," scientists scrutinize ever-smaller components of the universe..."