History and Philosophy of Science
The Blind Watchmaker
Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
Paperback ISBN: 0393315703
Clarifies the seemingly implausible aspects of Darwin's theory, drawing on the famous watch comparison argued by William Paley, the eighteenth-century theologian
Stephen Hawking's Universe
An Introduction to the Most Remarkable Scientist of Our Time
Paperback ISBN: 0380707632
Summarize the work of Hawking, a British physicist afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease, concerning gravity, subatomic particles, black holes, and the origins of the universe
Introduction to Probability
Paperback ISBN: 0486675491
Featured topics include permutations and factorials, probabilities and odds, frequency interpretation, mathematical expectation, decision making, postulates of probability, rule of elimination, much more. Exercises with some solutions. Summary. 1973 edition.
The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
Paperback ISBN: 0385493622
A national best-seller traces the quest of scientists around the world to solve the theorem devised by seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, a story of extraordinary human emotion, ambition, and desperation. Reprint. AB. LJ. NYT. PW.
Guns, Germs, and Steel
The Fates of Human Societies
Paperback ISBN: 0393317552
An intriguing study of the rise of civilization argues that human development is not based on race or ethnic differences but rather is linked to biological diversity, discussing the evolution of agriculture, technology, writing, political systems, and religious belief. Reprint.
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.
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