Discover the mathematics that hide in our everyday lives.World-renowned Mathematician and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick
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The Wonders of Mathematics
Almost everyone has once asked themselves about the purpose of math. Why do we study equations and calculus? Will understanding the Pythagorean theorem benefit our lives? Do we need to know these high levels of mathematics at all? Will learning these complicated formulas help us put food on the table?
Mathematician Ian Stewart takes on these questions, showing us the various principles of mathematics hidden in our everyday lives. Drawing from multiple academic fields - from literature to history to physics - he guides us to a new world of mathematics. He opens our eyes to the beauty of symmetry through the colors and patterns of animals running in the prairies and teaches us that mathematics can even explain the walking patterns of animals. He also gives us insights into how principles of wave theory led to the birth of modern medical video equipment, like X-ray machines and MRIs. Finally, he reveals to us how chaos theory, the key to truly knowing the universe, was developed through the field of mathematics. Mathematics is the driving force of human development, a key principle of our lives, and the door to a new way of understanding the world.
Ian Stewart’s “Wonderful Mathematics’” will allow us to get away from the problem-solving of mathematics to see and experience the world from a new point of view and really appreciate its beauty. Learn how mathematics, which many of us have long feared, is simpler than we realize and has been right beside us benefiting our lives every day.
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick in England Fellow of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge Michael Faraday Medal, 1995 Christopher Zeeman Medal, 2008 Lewis Thomas Prize, 2015 Euler Book Prize, 2017
Ian Stewart is a British mathematician who majored in mathematics at the University of Cambridge and is an emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick. With more than 200 papers and 20 books on mathematics under his name, Professor Stewart has done much to popularize mathematics, talking about the principles and depth of mathematics within various academic fields such as literature, history, and astronomy.
For these accomplishments, he received the Michael Faraday Medal from the Royal Society of London in 1995 and became the first recipient of the Christopher Zeeman Medal in 2008. He also received the 2017 Euler Book Prize, given for an outstanding book in mathematics, and serves as a Fellow of the Royal Society of England.
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