A Brief Guide to the Great Equations

A Brief Guide to the Great Equations: The Hunt for Cosmic Beauty in Numbers

Language & Reference, Popular Science, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 26/02/2009
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Synopsis

Here are the stories of the ten most popular equations of all time as voted for by readers of Physics World, including - accessibly described here for the first time - the favourite equation of all, Euler's equation.

Each is an equation that captures with beautiful simplicity what can only be described clumsily in words. Euler's equation [eip + 1 = 0] was described by respondents as 'the most profound mathematic statement ever written', 'uncanny and sublime', 'filled with cosmic beauty' and 'mind-blowing'. Collectively these equations also amount to the world's most concise and reliable body of knowledge.

Many scientists and those with a mathematical bent have a soft spot for equations. This book explains both why these ten equations are so beautiful and significant, and the human stories behind them.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781845292812
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 24 mm

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