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

Ian Stewart

Discover the fascinating world of equations in “In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World” by Ian Stewart. Whether you’re a math phobe or a research mathematician, this book promises to captivate you with the poetry and beauty of significant equations. Brace yourself for a thrilling journey through the ascent of humanity, as Stewart unravels the secrets behind 17 equations that have truly transformed our world.

Prepare to be amazed as Stewart effortlessly breaks down complex equations from mathematics, physics, information theory, and finance in a way that anyone can understand. From Maxwell’s equations that birthed radio and wireless communication, to Newton’s law of gravity that led to the Hubble telescope and GPS, these equations have shaped our lives in ways we never imagined.

But don’t worry, In Pursuit of the Unknown isn’t all about equations and technical jargon. Stewart incorporates plenty of pictures and engaging prose to keep you hooked. Each chapter focuses on a different equation, giving you a comprehensive history, explanation, and significance of the equation. With helpful graphics and concise answers to key questions, you’ll feel confident in your understanding and eager to learn more.

Delving into the lives of the mathematical greats behind these equations, Stewart adds a touch of human-interest to the mix. You’ll meet fascinating characters like Cardano, the gambling scholar, and uncover how their discoveries have impacted our world.

Even experienced mathematicians will find something new in “In Pursuit of the Unknown.” Stewart’s approach showcases how to write about mathematics for a wide audience while providing deep insights into the profound influence of equations on modern civilization.

Whether you’re studying math, interested in history, or simply seeking an enjoyable read, In Pursuit of the Unknown is a must-have. Stewart’s inviting tone, comprehensive content, and compelling arguments breathe life into those enigmatic mathematical objects we call equations. Get ready to be amazed and inspired by the incredible power these equations possess.