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› Find signed collectible books: 'Algebraic number theory'
Contents: Preface. Reader's Guide. Index of Notation. The Origins of Algebraic Number Theory. Part I: Numbers. Quadratic and Cyclotomic Fields. Geometric Methods. Lattices. Minkowski's Theorem. Part II: Geometric Representation of Algebraic Numbers. Class-Group and Class-Number. Part III: Number-Theoretic Applications. Computational Methods. Fermat's Last Theorem. Dirichlet's Units Theorem. Appendix. Quadratic Residues. References. Index.
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Many of us already have at least a passing acquaintance with procedural languages such as BASIC or Pascal, but may not have met a functional language like Lisp before. Using the same enjoyable and sometimes quirky style that they employed so successfully in "The Art of C-Programming", Robin Jones and his team explain the fundamentals of Lisp in a way that students from school to postgraduates will find lucid and stimulating. The book is unique in illustrating the use of Lisp through the development of a realistic project: the design and implementation of a Lisp-based interpreter for the language ABC.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (Penguin Press Science)'
Moving on from his books on chaos ("Does God Play Dice?") and symmetry ("Fearful Symmetry"), the author of this book deals with the wider field of complexity theory. The book tackles the question of how complexity arises in nature, of how life overcomes chaos and entropy to create developing order. Co-written with biologist Jack Cohen, the book will range across the central areas of modern science, from quantum mechanics and cosmology to evolution and intelligence, looking at the central questions of order, chaos, reductionism and complexity.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Concepts of Modern Mathematics (Pelican)'
Concepts of Modern Mathematics (Pelican). Stewart, Ian. Penguin Books Ltd, 1975
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos Paperback 2nd Ed (Penguin Mathematics)'
We'd better get used to chaos because it certainly isn't going anywhere. Mathematician Ian Stewart--who is also a very talented writer--shares his insights into the history and nature of the highly complex in Does God Play Dice: The New Mathematics of Chaos. While his delightful phrasings will draw in nearly every reader, those with a strong aversion to figures and formulae should understand that it will be slow going. Chaos math suffuses everything from dreaming to the motion of the planets, and Stewart's words can never match the precision of his numbers. Persistence pays off, though; there are so many "aha" moments of insight herein that it almost qualifies as a religious text. The second edition has been partially revised in the wake of 1990s research, and three exciting new chapters report on prediction and other applications of chaos mathematics. --Rob Lightner
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Evolving the Alien: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life'
What would life on other planets look like? Forget little green men, alien life is likely to be completely unrecognizable. This text offers radical but scientifically accurate thinking on the possibility of life on other planets.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? (Penguin science)'
Symmetry is one of the most powerful and wide-ranging of mathematical ideas with recent work on symmetry breaking, when symmetrical patterns are slightly altered or corrupted, throwing up an extraordinary range of applications and natural examples, from the stripes on a tiger's back to the territorial patterns of fish and to the structure of viruses. This book looks at the applications of symmetry and symmetry breaking to subjects as diverse as weather patterns, crystal structures, the buckling of beams and particle physics.
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In 1884, Edwin A. Abbott published a brilliant novel about mathematics and philosophy that charmed and fascinated all of England. As both a witty satire of Victorian society and a means by which to explore the fourth dimension, "Flatland" remains a tour de force. Now, British mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart has written a fascinating, modern sequel to Abbott's book. Through larger-than-life characters and an inspired story line, "Flatterland" explores our present understanding of the shape and origins of the universe, the nature of space, time, and matter, as well as modern geometries and their applications. The journey begins when our heroine, Victoria Line, comes upon her great-great-grandfather A. Square's diary, hidden in the attic. "The most exciting book I have read this year...truly amazing." - A.S. Byatt, "Daily Telegraph". "A book in which the hard science is as gripping as the fiction." - "The Times". "A provocative, ambitious, and enjoyable attempt to ask and answer some of the most interesting Big Questions of modern science..." - "New Scientist".
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So'
With Flatterland, Ian Stewart returns with more fantastically mind-bending mathematical puzzles. In 1884, an amiably eccentric clergyman and literary scholar named Edwin Abbott Abbott published an odd philosophical novel called Flatland, in which he explored such things as four-dimensional mathematics and gently satirised some of the orthodoxies of his time. The book went on to be a bestseller in Victorian England, and it has remained in print ever since.
With Flatterland, Stewart, professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick, updates the science of Flatland, adding literally countless dimensions to Abbott's scheme of things. ("Your world has not just four dimensions," one of his characters proclaims, "but five, fifty, a million, or even an infinity of them! And none of them need be time. Space of a hundred and one dimensions is just as real as a space of three dimensions.") Along his fictional path, Stewart touches on Feynman diagrams, superstring theory, time travel, quantum mechanics and black holes, among many other topics. And, in Abbott's spirit, Stewart pokes fun at our own assumptions, including our quest for a Theory of Everything.
You can't help but be charmed by a book with characters named Superpaws, the Hawk King, the Projective Lion and the Space Hopper, and one dotted with doggerel such as "You ain't nothin' but a hadron / nucleifyin' all the time" and "I can't get no / more momentum". And, best of all, you can learn a thing or two about modern mathematics while being roundly entertained. That's no small accomplishment, and one for which Stewart deserves applause. --Gregory McNamee
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› Find signed collectible books: 'The Foundations of Mathematics'
"There are many textbooks available for a so-called transition course from calculus to abstract mathematics. I have taught this course several times and always find it problematic. The Foundations of Mathematics (Stewart and Tall) is a horse of a different color. The writing is excellent and there is actually some useful mathematics. I definitely like this book."--The Bulletin of Mathematics Books
› Find signed collectible books: 'From Here to Infinity'
A retitled and revised edition of Ian Stewart's The Problems of Mathematics, this is the perfect guide to today's mathematics. Read about the latest discoveries, including Andrew Wiles's amazing proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, Chaos Theory, and fake four-dimensional spaces; and see how simple concepts from probability theory can help you maximize your National Lottery winnings.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Galois Theory (Chapman and Hall mathematics series)'
Galois theory is a fascinating mixture of classical and modern mathematics, and in fact provided much of the seed from which abstract algebra has grown. It is a showpiece of mathematical unification and of "technology transfer" to a range of modern applications.
Galois Theory, Second Edition is a revision of a well-established and popular text. The author's treatment is rigorous, but motivated by discussion and examples. He further lightens the study with entertaining historical notes - including a detailed description of Évariste Galois' turbulent life. The application of the Galois group to the quintic equation stands as a central theme of the book. Other topics include the problems of trisecting the angle, duplicating the cube, squaring the circle, solving cubic and quartic equations, and the construction of regular polygons
For this edition, the author added an introductory overview, a chapter on the calculation of Galois groups, further clarification of proofs, extra motivating examples, and modified exercises. Photographs from Galois' manuscripts and other illustrations enhance the engaging historical context offered in the first edition.
Written in a lively, highly readable style while sacrificing nothing to mathematical rigor, Galois Theory remains accessible to intermediate undergraduate students and an outstanding introduction to some of the intriguing concepts of abstract algebra.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Game, Set and Math: Enigmas and Conundrums (Penguin mathematics)'
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› Find signed collectible books: 'How to Cut a Cake: And Other Mathematical Conundrums'
Welcome back to Ian Stewart's magical world of mathematics! Here are twenty more curious puzzles and fantastical mathematical stories from one of the world's most popular and accessible writers on mathematics. This is a strange world of never-ending chess games, empires on the moon, furious fireflies, and, of course, disputes over how best to cut a cake. Each chapter--with titles such as, "How to Play Poker By Post" and "Repealing the Law of Averages"--presents a fascinating mathematical puzzle that is challenging, fun, and introduces the reader to a significant mathematical problem in an engaging and witty way. Illustrated with clever and quirky cartoons, each tale will delight those who love puzzles and mathematical conundrums.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Life's Other Secret: New Mathematics of the Living World (Allen Lane Science)'
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Magical Maze Seeing the World Through Ma'
Maths is fun?!? It is in Ian Stewart's romp through a labyrinth of possibilities and logic. Although some of the delightful puzzles, problems and teasers will give your brain a workout, you will be glad you followed the path to the end. Stewart uses the maze metaphor (the book has an "entrance", "passages" and an "exit" rather than an introduction, chapters and an end) to illustrate the mental journeys we take when solving everything from bar tricks to problems of artificial intelligence. Difficult points are illustrated with an imaginary journey and lots of fun games. Real-life examples of mathematical "magic" abound, including the trails of slime-moulds and the dimples in golf balls. Great walk through the jungle of probability. --Therese Littleton
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Math Hysteria: Fun and Games with Mathematics'
Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! Math Hysteria contains twenty quirky tales of mathematical exploration by one of the world's most popular writers on mathematics. Ian Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale, including "Counting the Cattle of the Sun," "The Great Drain Robbery," and "Preposterous Piratical Predicaments." Fully illustrated with explanatory diagrams, each tale is told with engaging wit, sure to amuse everyone with an interest in puzzles and mathematics. Along the way, we also meet many curious characters. Containing twenty specially-commissioned cartoons, this book will delight all who are familiar with Stewart's many other books, such as What Shape is a Snowflake? and Flatterland and anyone interested in mathematical problems. In short, these stories are engaging, challenging, and lots of fun!
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Nature's Numbers - Discovering Order and Pattern in the Universe'
Mathematics has the power to open our eyes to new and unsuspected regularities in nature - the secret structure of a cloud or the hidden rhythms of the weather. This book aims to equip the reader with a mathematician's eye, changing the way we view the world.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'The Problems of Mathematics (OPUS)'
We are living in the Golden Age of mathematics, with more research being done than ever before. Yet many people view mathematics as a static, completed subject. This book for general readers aims to open the door to the rapid modern growth of mathematics and its power and beauty. It surveys many areas of current research in non-technical terms, describing what the problems are, where they come from, how they get solved, what mathematicians are like, what you can do with the answers when you get them, and how solving them or failing to solve them changes peoples' views of mathematics and the way it is advancing. Topics include Fermat's Last Theorem, the Riemann hypothesis, the Poincare Conjecture, prime numbers, non-Euclidean geometry, infinity, the four-color problem, probability, catastrophe theory, chaos, fractals, algorithms, and undecidable propositions. A final chapter discusses the relations between mathematics and its applications. Each topic is developed within a historical framework, and a number of recent breakthroughs are presented for the first time in layman's terms.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'The Science of Discworld'
Terry Pratchett needs no introduction. Ian Stewart has written fine non-fiction books on mathematics, and he and Jack Cohen collaborated on the quirkily inventive pop-science titles The Collapse of Chaos and Figments of Reality. What on earth, or on Discworld, are they all doing in the same book? Pratchett provides a very funny 30,000-word novella about Discworld science, beginning in the High Energy Magic faculty of Unseen University and leading his eccentric wizards to investigate an alien cosmos where there's no magic to keep things going. This is the Roundworld universe--ours. The key point: much that's true only on Discworld (eg that suns orbit planets and not vice-versa) was once believed on Earth and the wizards' comic misunderstandings echo the history of real science...Unusually, Pratchett's story is split into chapters and in between his chapters Stewart and Cohen wittily discuss the concepts underlying the fiction, from the Big Bang through stellar formation to life and evolution. Much of the science we know, they cheerfully insist, is "lies-to-children": good stories that are mostly untrue, like thinking of atoms as tiny solar systems. Discworld operates by narrative plausibility and so does human thought even when our Roundworld universe disagrees. Between the laughs, The Science of Discworld is a provocative, informative book that'll make you think about what you think you know. --David Langford
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› Find signed collectible books: 'The Science of Discworld II: The Globe'
Like its predecessor, The Science of Discworld II contains a short Discworld fantasy by Terry Pratchett whose chapters alternate with popular science commentary from Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen.
In the Discworld strand, the bickering Unseen University wizards revisit their accidental creation Roundworld--that astonishing place where there's no magic. Our world, in fact. But it's being influenced by elves (bad news in the Pratchett cosmos), who bring superstition and irrational terrors to evolving humanity. They feed on fear.
This is the cue for Stewart and Cohen to develop their ideas of stories as a shaping power in the evolution of human intelligence. Whether they're called spells, memes, creeds, theorems, artworks or lies, satisfying stories are Roundworld's equivalent of Discworld magic. It's just that it all happens in our heads: "headology" as top witch Granny Weatherwax puts it.
Struggling to make Roundworld history come out right despite elvish interference, the wizards entangle themselves in complications of time travel and must eventually beg advice from Granny. To encourage a rational attitude to facts, it seems, Roundworld needs transcendent fictions--represented, in narrative shorthand, by the works of one William Shakespeare. The trick is to make sure he gets born...
The racy exposition of the non-fiction chapters covers plenty of ground, including astrology, cargo cults, phase spaces, information theory, and the evolution of species, art, science and religion, all reflecting the human tendency not to let facts spoil a good story. Meanwhile the Discworld chapters--though sometimes disappointingly short--are fast and funny, climaxing with much unscripted action at the first night of a famous play. The Science of Discworld II is ultimately entertaining and genuinely thought-provoking, as expected from this team. Laugh and learn! --David Langford
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Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator. But now it's all gone wrong.
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The Science of Discworld Iv Marjorie Daw is a librarian, and takes her job - and indeed the truth of words - very seriously. She doesn't know it, but her world and ours - Roundworld - is in big trouble. On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing. The Wizards of Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). Full description
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)'
Symmetry is an immensely important concept in mathematics and throughout the sciences. In this Very Short Introduction, Ian Stewart demonstrates symmetry's deep implications, showing how it even plays a major role in the current search to unify relativity and quantum theory. Stewart, a respected mathematician as well as a widely known popular-science and science-fiction writer, brings to this volume his deep knowledge of the subject and his gift for conveying science to general readers with clarity and humor. He describes how symmetry's applications range across the entire field of mathematics and how symmetry governs the structure of crystals, innumerable types of pattern formation, and how systems change their state as parameters vary. Symmetry is also highly visual, with applications that include animal markings, locomotion, evolutionary biology, elastic buckling, waves, the shape of the Earth, and the form of galaxies. Fundamental physics is governed by symmetries in the laws of nature--Einstein's point that the laws should be the same at all locations and all times.
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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
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For years Ian Stewart has been wrestling with the mathematical underpinnings of the natural world. In his new book What Shape is a Snowflake? he explains his fascination with nature's numbers and explores the fruits of his quest so far. No, wait! There isn't a single equation in the book--honest.
Stewart starts with a general exploration of patterns in nature--six-pointed snowflakes, feathery patterns of frost on glass, zebra stripes, ripples in the sand, honeycombs, spirals, and so on--then attempts to illustrate, in words, the mathematical principles underlying them. In the process the reader is introduced to ideas of dimensionality, symmetry in all its manifestations, patterns of tiling and packing, symmetry breaking, fractals, complexity theory and chaos. In the penultimate chapter he goes on to explain how the mathematics of earthly nature may mirror that of the universe. Finally he addresses the question of the book's title: What shape is a snowflake? You may be disappointed with the answer, but only if you don't get the joke.
Snowflake is a fascinating read, though it does requires a bit of patience. Much space in the first half of the book is given over to introducing patterns without offering many clues as to what generates them. In consequence, I found myself skipping sections to get to the juicier bits towards the end. Still, for the numerically challenged but patient reader, Snowflake is as friendly an introduction to the mathematics of nature as you could wish to find.--Chris Lavers
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