The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics (Sterling Milestones) (English Edition) Versión Kindle de Clifford A. Pickover


The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics (Sterling Milestones) (English Edition) Versión Kindle

de Clifford A Pickover
Genero : Matemáticas En Inglés

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Math's infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this brand-new paperback edition of the bestselling The Math Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient ant odometers and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, prolific polymath Clifford Pickover covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous concepts readers will encounter as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic is presented in a lavishly illustrated spread, including formulas, fascinating facts about scientists' lives and real-world applications of the theorems. --Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.. Math's infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this brand-new paperback edition of the bestselling The Math Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient ant odometers and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, prolific polymath Clifford Pickover covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous concepts readers will encounter as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic is presented in a lavishly illustrated spread, including formulas, fascinating facts about scientists' lives and real-world applications of the theorems. --Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.. Clifford Pickover, prolific writer and undisputed polymath, has put together a marvelous reference work. Its 250 short entries provide a veritable history of mathematics by focusing on its greatest theorems and the geniuses who discovered them. Topics are chronological, starting with the calculating abilities of ants 150 million years B.C. and ending with Max Tegmark's recent conjecture that our universe is not just described by math, it is mathematics. Dr. Pickover's vast love of math, and his awe before its mysteries, permeates every page of this beautiful volume. The illustrations alone are worth the book's price." --Martin Gardner, author of The Colossal Book of Mathematics on http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/math-book.html --Este texto se refiere a una edición agotada o no disponible de este título.. Clifford A. Pickover received his PhD from Yale in Biophysics and Biochemistry and has written more than 40 books and over 200 articles. Currently, he is a writer, editor for a scientific journal and serves on the editorial board for Odyssey, Leonardo and YLEM. His research has received considerable media attention. --Este texto se refiere a una edición agotada o no disponible de este título.. Math’s infinite mysteries and beauty unfold in this follow-up to the best-selling The Science Book. Beginning millions of years ago with ancient “ant odometers” and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. Among the numerous delights readers will learn about as they dip into this inviting anthology: cicada-generated prime numbers, magic squares from centuries ago, the discovery of pi and calculus, and the butterfly effect. Each topic gets a lavishly illustrated spread with stunning color art, along with formulas and concepts, fascinating facts about scientists’ lives, and real-world applications of the theorems.

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Excelente Excelente libro de consulta/curiosidades. Y un diseño y fotografias muy cuidado. Para adolescentes y profesores de matematicas. Una buena compra.
Uno de los mejores libros divulgativos sobre matemáticas Este es sin duda el mejor libro que he leído este año. Está organizado como una cronología de las matemáticas, desde tiempos remotos y millones de años, comenzando por el hueso de Ishango (un «palo de contar» del 20.000 a. C), los dados (3000 a. C.), los cuadrados mágicos (2200 a.C) y el tres en raya (1300 a.c). De cada objeto, personaje, teorema o hecho matemático hay un texto breve –en ocasiones se hace corto– y alguna ilustración. Luego ya comienzan los clásicos: Pitágoras, las paradojas de Zenón, los sólidos platónicos, Aristóteles, Arquímedes… De la Edad Oscura entre 400 y 1100 apenas hay diez anotaciones, aunque están la invención del cero y la muerte de Hipatia de Alejandría. Luego aparecen por ahí el ábaco, el ajedrez, y la razón áurea. Los siglos pasan muy rápido y a partir de 1600 hay ya casi un personaje o pasaje por década: el Último teorema de Fermat, los números imaginarios, la Geometría de Descartes Entre los personajes principales no falta ninguno, aunque pasan rápido por las páginas de la historia como estrellas fugaces. Muchos están a caballo entre las matemáticas y la física (como Newton), otros son menos conocidos pero hicieron algún descubrimiento relevante. Naturalmente están Euler, Cantor, Poincaré… Muchas de las curiosidades modernas tienen que ver con la geometría o la teoría de números. Otras abrieron nuevos campos en su momento, como los fractales, la teoría del caos o las máquinas de Turing. En ocasiones surgen de juegos o nuevas tecnologías, como las comunicaciones o la informática. El libro termina en 2007, hablando del grupo E8 y de la resolución del juego de las damas. Es un libro que se puede leer a cualquier ritmo y no requiere de un gran nivel matemático para disfrutarlo. Más de una vez llama a salir inmediatamente a investigar más sobre algún detalle o tema en concreto; podría decirse que es una fuente inagotable de inspiración, incluso para quienes han leído mucha divulgación matemática, como yo. Para quien quiera hacerse con un ejemplar recomiendo la versión en papel (existe en castellano y en inglés, entre otros idiomas) porque la versión en Kindle desmerece y me pareció un tanto pobre visualmente (con las ilustraciones después de las explicaciones, cuando lo recomendable sería al revés). Un gran libro en cualquier caso, de lo mejor en divulgación matemática, de un prolífico autor que tiene decenas de otros títulos todos ellos sobre matemáticas, física y las maravillas de la ciencia.
More of an encyclopedia Quite a diverse range of topics. Not a book to read front to end but rather to consult on a rainy afternoon, skipping over pages and learning about exciting math facts.
Beautiful Fabulous book with beautiful photos and immediate appeal. It's perfect for anyone with an interest in Mathematics. I would recommend it for students at KS4 and beyond, and for every maths teacher who wants to stimulate their students' imagination. A delightful "dip into" book.
Very interesting and enjoyable reading Very interesting and enjoyable random reading for a layperson. First read it in a friend’s house where it sits on the coffee table and it’s read occasionally as well.
I would recommend it far all aspiring young mathematicians Lovely and inspiring. I would recommend it far all aspiring young mathematicians.
Interesting and beautiful As in another review was said: simply because of the photographs this book is worth its price. It's an interesting and thorough revision of the history of Maths. I like the text-photograph layout sorted by date. Maybe it could be said it doesn't enter too much into details, but I was looking for light reading, and this book it's perfect because it consists of a lot of short stories.
Christmas Present This was a Christmas present for a Maths teacher, he was very excited about it, it looked very interesting.
the math book Reasonable Maths book with loads of topics, a one pager on that topic facing a colour photograph related to the topic. Very little in the way of formulae, just explains the concepts. Presented in chronological order of this topic being discovered/published. Useful popular introduction to capture the imagination. Search the internet yourself to find the meat for thes overviews.
My third copy and counting..... I have given copies of this book to 3 generations of my family, everyone found it an inspiring read. Each page is like a chapter in the history of mathematics. It does not aim to serve as a definitive guide to any topic(1 page can not achieve that),but it certainly opens doors to many branches of the subject. Read about the cicada that uses prime numbers to survive, and be amazed (this is a great case-study for learning about mathematical models). I hope that a reprint is planned.