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Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics
Journey Through Genius
The Great Theorems of Mathematics
Paperback      ISBN: 014014739x
Like masterpieces of art, music, and literature, great mathematical theorems are creative milestones, works of genius destined to last forever. Now William Dunham gives them the attention they deserve. Dunham places each theorem within its historical context and explores the very human and often turbulent life of the creator — from Archimedes, the absentminded theoretician whose absorption in his work often precluded eating or bathing, to Gerolamo Cardano, the sixteenth-century mathematician whose accomplishments flourished despite a bizarre array of misadventures, to the paranoid genius of modern times, Georg Cantor. He also provides step-by-step proofs for the theorems, each easily accessible to readers with no more than a knowledge of high school mathematics. A rare combination of the historical, biographical, and mathematical, Journey Through Genius is a fascinating introduction to a neglected field of human creativity.
Parallel Universes: The Search for Other Worlds
Parallel Universes
The Search for Other Worlds
Paperback      ISBN: 0671696017
Explores the degree to which a belief in parallel universes shapes the thinking of contemporary physicists in areas as diverse as relativity, psychology, quantum mechanics, and cosmology
Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America
Tropical Nature
Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America
Paperback      ISBN: 0684187108
A look at the natural history of tropical rain forests in South America, covers insects, birds, animals, and plants
Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge: Proceedings of the Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science, London 1965, Volume 4
Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge
Proceedings of the Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science, London 1965, Volume 4
Paperback      ISBN: 0521096235
This volume arose out of a symposium on Thomas Kuhn's work, with Karl Popper in the chair.
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels With Science
Higher Superstition
The Academic Left and Its Quarrels With Science
Paperback      ISBN: 0801857074
"We should be thankful that Gross and Levitt have provided a wake-up call. Their significant overview of the thinking of those who teach our lawyers, journalists and teachers should be read by all who are concerned by the decline of the status of science in our times." -- Physics Today
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life
Darwin's Dangerous Idea
Evolution and the Meaning of Life
Paperback      ISBN: 068482471x
Offers a wider perspective on Darwin's scientific theory of natural selection, explaining how it extends beyond biology, analyzing current controversies over the origins of life and inherent biases, and challenging popular philosophies
History of Pi
History of Pi
Paperback      ISBN: 0312381859
Documents the calculation, numerical value, and use of the ratio from 2000 B.C. to the modern computer age, detailing social conditions in eras when progress was made
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
Against the Gods
The Remarkable Story of Risk
Paperback      ISBN: 0471295639
The winner of the Booz Allen Business Book Award for 1997, this best-selling volume analyzes the history of risk in relation to its applications in the fields of business and finance. Reprint. 100,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.
Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers
Mathematics
From the Birth of Numbers
Hardcover      ISBN: 039304002x
Traces the history of mathematics and numeration, and reviews symbolic logic, set theory, series, equations, functions, geometry, trigonometry, vector analysis, fractals, matrices, calculus, probability theory, and differential equations
Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Visions
How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0385484992
The physicist-author of the best-selling Hyperspace explores how three scientific advances of the twentieth-century--quantum mechanics, biogenetics, and artificial intelligence--will permanently change humankind's relationship to nature. Reprint. K.