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J L Casti - Five Golden Rules: Great Theories of Twentieth-Century Mathematics and Why They Matter

[London, etc., Macmillan Journals ltd., etc.], 1996. xiv, 235 pages: illustrations; Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-225) and index.. In Five Golden Rules ... John L. Casti serves as curator to a brilliant collection of 20th-century mathematical theories, leading us on a fascinating journey of discovery and insight. Probing the frontiers of modern mathematics, Casti examines the origins of some of the most important findings of this century. This is a tale of mystery and logic, elegance and reason; it is the story of five monumental mathematical breakthroughs and how they shape our lives. All those intrigued by the mathematical process, nonacademics and professionals alike, will find this an enlightening, eye-opening, and entertaining work. High school algebra or geometry - and enthusiasm - are the only prerequisites. From the theorem that provided the impetus for modern computers to the calculations that sent the first men to the Moon, these breakthroughs have transformed our lives. Casti illustrates each theorem with a dazzling array of real-world problems it has helped solve - how to calculate the shape of space, Zeer goed.
EUR 25.00 [Appr.: US$ 27.28 | £UK 22.25 | JP¥ 3533] Book number 79284

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