Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe

ISBN: 
9781328879981
Author: 
Strogatz, Steven
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Edition: 
First Edition
Physical description: 
xxiii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Publishing date: 
April 2, 2019
Book Description: 

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 civilization, including science, politics, ethics, philosophy, and much besides.

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