Infinite Powers

Infinite Powers

How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe

Book - 2019
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This is the captivating story of mathematics' greatest ever idea: calculus. Without it, there would be no computers, no microwave ovens, no GPS, and no space travel. But before it gave modern man almost infinite powers, calculus was behind centuries of controversy, competition, and even death. Taking us on a thrilling journey through three millennia, professor Steven Strogatz charts the development of this seminal achievement from the days of Aristotle to today's million-dollar reward that awaits whoever cracks Reimann's hypothesis. Filled with idiosyncratic characters from Pythagoras to Euler, Infinite powers is a compelling human drama that reveals the legacy of calculus on nearly every aspect of modern civilisation, including science, politics, ethics, philosophy, and much besides.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019
ISBN: 9781328879981
Branch Call Number: 515 Ar252S 2019
Characteristics: xxiii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nov 19, 2019

A most informative explanation of how calculus developed over the millennia, its fundamental principles and nearly unlimited applications. The storytelling about who made what happen, from Archimedes on, is first rate. The KISS principle is applied virtually without fail.

May 06, 2019

Oh how I wish I could have had this book many years ago before I started University and had to take lots of calculus courses, which quite frankly, made little sense to me.
How clear this author makes it, and how interesting - as mathematics should be!
It is because of exceptionally poor schooling in math that I lost all interest in it, until now.


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