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Ian Stewart - Author

About the Author

Professor Ian Stewart is best known for making Mathematics accessible and popular. He was awarded the Royal Society’s Michael Faraday Medal for furthering the public understanding of science. His many popular science books include Does God Play Dice?, Life’s Other Secrets and Flatterland. He is the mathematics consultant for the New Scientist and is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Featured books by Ian Stewart

Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers

Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

He explains the insights of the ancient mathematicians, shows how numbers have evolved through the ages, and reveals the way numerical theory enables everyday life. Under Professor Stewart's guidance you will discover the mathematics of codes, Sudoku, Rubik's cube, music, primes and pi. You may be surprised to find you live in eleven-dimensional space, that of the twenty-three people on a football pitch two are more likely than not to share the same birthday, and that forty-two is a very interesting number. Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers will delight everyone who loves numbers -- including those who currently think they don't.

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Other books by Ian Stewart

Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem

Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem

Author: Ian Stewart, David Tall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Updated to reflect current research, Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem, Fourth Edition introduces fundamental ideas of algebraic numbers and explores one of the most intriguing stories in the history of mathematics-the quest for a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. The authors use this celebrated theorem to motivate a general study of the theory of algebraic numbers from a relatively concrete point of view. Students will see how Wiles's proof of Fermat's Last Theorem opened many new areas for future work. New to the Fourth Edition Provides up-to-date information on unique prime factorization for real quadratic number fields, especially Harper's proof that Z( 14) is Euclidean Presents an important new result: Mihailescu's proof of the Catalan conjecture of 1844 Revises and expands one chapter into two, covering classical ideas about modular functions and highlighting the new ideas of Frey, Wiles, and others that led to the long-sought proof of Fermat's Last Theorem Improves and updates the index, figures, bibliography, further reading list, and historical remarks Written by preeminent mathematicians Ian Stewart and David Tall, this text continues to teach students how to extend properties of natural numbers to more general number structures, including algebraic number fields and their rings of algebraic integers. It also explains how basic notions from the theory of algebraic numbers can be used to solve problems in number theory.

Do Dice Play God?

Do Dice Play God?

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2020

Uncertainty is everywhere. It lurks in every consideration of the future - the weather, the economy, the sex of an unborn child - even quantities we think that we know such as populations or the transit of the planets contain the possibility of error. It's no wonder that, throughout that history, we have attempted to produce rigidly defined areas of uncertainty - we prefer the surprise party to the surprise asteroid. We began our quest to make certain an uncertain world by reading omens in livers, tea leaves, and the stars. However, over the centuries, driven by curiosity, competition, and a desire be better gamblers, pioneering mathematicians and scientists began to reduce wild uncertainties to tame distributions of probability and statistical inferences. But, even as unknown unknowns became known unknowns, our pessimism made us believe that some problems were unsolvable and our intuition misled us. Worse, as we realized how omnipresent and varied uncertainty is, we encountered chaos, quantum mechanics, and the limitations of our predictive power. Bestselling author Professor Ian Stewart explores the history and mathematics of uncertainty. Touching on gambling, probability, statistics, financial and weather forecasts, censuses, medical studies, chaos, quantum physics, and climate, he makes one thing clear: a reasonable probability is the only certainty.

Do Dice Play God?

Do Dice Play God?

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2019

Uncertainty is everywhere. It lurks in every consideration of the future - the weather, the economy, the sex of an unborn child - even quantities we think that we know such as populations or the transit of the planets contain the possibility of error. It's no wonder that, throughout that history, we have attempted to produce rigidly defined areas of uncertainty - we prefer the surprise party to the surprise asteroid. We began our quest to make certain an uncertain world by reading omens in livers, tea leaves, and the stars. However, over the centuries, driven by curiosity, competition, and a desire be better gamblers, pioneering mathematicians and scientists began to reduce wild uncertainties to tame distributions of probability and statistical inferences. But, even as unknown unknowns became known unknowns, our pessimism made us believe that some problems were unsolvable and our intuition misled us. Worse, as we realized how omnipresent and varied uncertainty is, we encountered chaos, quantum mechanics, and the limitations of our predictive power. Bestselling author Professor Ian Stewart explores the history and mathematics of uncertainty. Touching on gambling, probability, statistics, financial and weather forecasts, censuses, medical studies, chaos, quantum physics, and climate, he makes one thing clear: a reasonable probability is the only certainty.

Die Berechnung des Kosmos

Die Berechnung des Kosmos

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2018

Ian Stewarts Fuhrer durch den Kosmos fuhrt uns von der Entstehung der Erde und ihres Mondes zu den Planeten und Asteroiden des Sonnensystems und von dort hinaus in die Galaxie und das Universum. Er beschreibt, wie sich Galaxien bilden, warum Sterne implodieren, wie alles begann und wie es enden wird. Er spekuliert uber Paralleluniversen oder welche Formen extraterrestrisches Leben annehmen konnte. Mathematik war seit den alten Babyloniern die treibende Kraft in Astronomie und Kosmologie. Stewart schildert, wie Keplers Werk ber Planetenbahnen Newton dazu brachte, seine Gravitationstheorie zu formulieren, und wie zwei Jahrhunderte spter Unregelmigkeiten in der Marsbewegung Einsteins Allgemeine Relativittstheorie inspirierten. Nachvollziehbar erklrt er die Grundlagen von Gravitation, Raumzeit, Relativitt und Quantentheorie und zeigt, wie sie alle miteinander in Beziehung stehen. Vor 80 Jahren fhrte die Entdeckung, dass das Universum expandiert, zur Urknall-Theorie, das wiederum fhrte Kosmologen dazu, Phnomene wie Dunkle Materie und Dunkle Energie zu postulieren. Aber gibt es Dunkle Materie tatschlich und knnte eine weitere wissenschaftliche Revolution im Gange sein, die die gegenwrtigen wissenschaftlichen berzeugungen infrage stellt? Diese und andere Fragen behandelt Stewart auf seinem Streifzug durch die Gefilde von Astronomie und Kosmologie.

Telling Scotland's Story

Telling Scotland's Story

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2017

For 200 years The Scotsman has been giving Scotland the first draft of its history. Launched in 1817, before Wellington had made it back from the battlefield of Waterloo, the newspaper has told the story of Scotland to the nation and to the world beyond, and told the nation of the world. From the very beginning of shipbuilding on the Clyde through to the 2014 independence referendum and right up to do date, this is the story of modern Scotland through the eyes of the newspaper that became a part of the cultural fabric of the nation. With extensive use of the paper's archives in both words and pictures, and written by former editor Ian Stewart, this book charts the stories of discovery and exploration, great inventors, social change, political upheaval and the most terrible wars the planet has seen. The story of a nation, as it happened. Read all about it, as the newspaper sellers used to shout.

Significant Figures

Significant Figures

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2017

A celebrated mathematician traces the history of math through the lives and work of twenty-five pioneering mathematiciansIn Significant Figures, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart introduces the visionaries of mathematics throughout history. Delving into the lives of twenty-five great mathematicians, Stewart examines the roles they played in creating, inventing, and discovering the mathematics we use today. Through these short biographies, we get acquainted with the history of mathematics from Archimedes to Benoit Mandelbrot, and learn about those too often left out of the cannon, such as Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c. 780-850), the creator of algebra, and Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer.Tracing the evolution of mathematics over the course of two millennia, Significant Figures will educate and delight aspiring mathematicians and experts alike.

Infinity: A Very Short Introduction

Infinity: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2017

Infinity is an intriguing topic, with connections to religion, philosophy, metaphysics, logic, and physics as well as mathematics. Its history goes back to ancient times, with especially important contributions from Euclid, Aristotle, Eudoxus, and Archimedes. The infinitely large (infinite) is intimately related to the infinitely small (infinitesimal). Cosmologists consider sweeping questions about whether space and time are infinite. Philosophers and mathematiciansranging from Zeno to Russell have posed numerous paradoxes about infinity and infinitesimals. Many vital areas of mathematics rest upon some version of infinity. The most obvious, and the first context in which major new techniques depended on formulating infinite processes, is calculus. But thereare many others, for example Fourier analysis and fractals. In this Very Short Introduction, Ian Stewart discusses infinity in mathematics while also drawing in the various other aspects of infinity and explaining some of the major problems and insights arising from this concept. He argues that working with infinity is not just an abstract, intellectual exercise but that it is instead a concept with important practical everyday applications, and considers how mathematicians use infinity and infinitesimals to answer questions or supplytechniques that do not appear to involve the infinite. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Infinity: A Very Short Introduction

Infinity: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2017

Infinity is an intriguing topic, with connections to religion, philosophy, metaphysics, logic, and physics as well as mathematics. Its history goes back to ancient times, with especially important contributions from Euclid, Aristotle, Eudoxus, and Archimedes. The infinitely large (infinite) is intimately related to the infinitely small (infinitesimal). Cosmologists consider sweeping questions about whether space and time are infinite. Philosophers and mathematiciansranging from Zeno to Russell have posed numerous paradoxes about infinity and infinitesimals. Many vital areas of mathematics rest upon some version of infinity. The most obvious, and the first context in which major new techniques depended on formulating infinite processes, is calculus. But thereare many others, for example Fourier analysis and fractals. In this Very Short Introduction, Ian Stewart discusses infinity in mathematics while also drawing in the various other aspects of infinity and explaining some of the major problems and insights arising from this concept. He argues that working with infinity is not just an abstract, intellectual exercise but that it is instead a concept with important practical everyday applications, and considers how mathematicians use infinity and infinitesimals to answer questions or supplytechniques that do not appear to involve the infinite. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Calculating the Cosmos

Calculating the Cosmos

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2016

A prize-winning popular science writer uses mathematical modeling to explain the cosmos. In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid. Beginning with the Babylonian integration of mathematics into the study of astronomy and cosmology, Stewart traces the evolution of our understanding of the cosmos: How Kepler's laws of planetary motion led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity. How, two centuries later, tiny irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein to devise his general theory of relativity. How, eighty years ago, the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the development of the Big Bang theory of its origins. How single-point origin and expansion led cosmologists to theorize new components of the universe, such as inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. But does inflation explain the structure of today's universe? Does dark matter actually exist? Could a scientific revolution that will challenge the long-held scientific orthodoxy and once again transform our understanding of the universe be on the way? In an exciting and engaging style, Calculating the Cosmos is a mathematical quest through the intricate realms of astronomy and cosmology.

Unglaubliche Zahlen

Unglaubliche Zahlen

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2016

In diesem Buch nimmt der britische Mathe-Guru seine Leser mit auf eine Reise durch das Reich der Zahlen - reelle, rationale, irrationale, komplexe; ganz, ganz kleine und unendlich groe, Fraktale, Logarithmen, Hochzahlen, Primzahlen, Kusszahlen und viele mehr. Jedes Kapitel konzentriert sich auf eine Zahl oder Zahlengruppe und erlautert, warum sie so interessant ist. "e;Jede Zahl hat ihre eigene Geschichte zu erzahlen"e;, heit es im Vorwort. Stewart erzahlt sie mit Begeisterung und versteht es geschickt, diese Geschichten miteinander zu verweben, ob es um die Zahl Pi geht oder zum Schluss auch um Geheimcodes, den Rubikwurfel und Sudoku. Darber hinaus erfhrt man viel ber die Geschichte der Mathematik und die Rolle, die sie fr unsere Entwicklung spielt. Schlielich waren es die Zahlen, so der Autor, "e;die es der Menschheit ermglicht haben, sich aus dem Schlamm zu ziehen und nach den Sternen zu greifen"e;.

Professor Stewarts mathematische Detektivgeschichten

Professor Stewarts mathematische Detektivgeschichten

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2015

Warum haben Ihre Freunde scheinbar mehr Freunde als Sie selbst? Wie kommt der Leopard zu seinen Punkten? Wer luftet das Geheimnis der 37? Warum sind Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiker schlicht im Irrtum? Und wie lost man das 15er-Puzzle?Hier kommt Ian Stewarts dritte und letzte Sammlung bunter mathematischer Preziosen: Fakten, Anekdoten, Spiele, Knobeleien, Kuriosa, Grundlagenwissen und berraschende Neuigkeiten. Schmankerl fr Krimiliebhaber: Conan-Doyle-Fan Stewart streut in seine rund 150 Kabinettstckchen immer wieder mathematische Detektivgeschichten ein, deren Helden ein gewisser Hemlock Soames und sein Sidekick Dr. Watsup sind, wohnhaft in der Baker Street 222B. In den dramatischen Schlusskapiteln kommt es in der Schweiz zu einer letzten, tdlichen Konfrontation mit Soames' Erzfeind, dem teuflischen Professor Mogiarty Die beiden ersten Bnde, "e;Professor Stewarts mathematisches Sammelsurium"e; sowie "e;Professor Stewarts mathematische Schtze"e;, haben Ian Stewart auch in Deutschland zum Lieblingsautor vieler Mathematik-Fans werden lassen. Dieser abschlieende Band der Sammelsurium-Trilogie bietet wieder kurzweiliges mathematisches Infotainment, das kaum ein Autor so gut beherrscht wie Ian Stewart.

Die letzten Ratsel der Mathematik

Die letzten Ratsel der Mathematik

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

Es sind die wahrhaft widerspenstigen Nusse, von denen Stewart in seinem neuen Buch berichtet. Mathematische Ratsel, an denen sich die abstraktesten Kopfe seit Jahrzehnten, Jahrhunderten oder sogar Jahrtausenden die Zahne ausbeien. Weil ab und zu doch jemand die Losung findet. Wie 1993 der Brite Andrew Wiles nach einem langen Forscherleben fur Fermat's Letzten Satz, der aus dem 17. Jahrhundert stammt. Um Ratsel wie dieses, die meisten aber bislang ungelost, geht es in Ian Stewarts neuem Buch: die groen mathematische Probleme, von denen jeder, der sich fur Mathematik interessiert, schon mal gehort hat, ob es die Goldbachsche, die Riemannsche, die Keplersche oder Poincares Vermutung ist, um die Quadratur des Kreises oder das Drei-Korper-Problem geht. Stewart erklart nicht nur die Gleichung, er erzahlt auch die oft spannende Geschichte hinter der Entdeckung, die jedes dieser Probleme darstellt. Ein Wissensvergnugen nicht nur fur Mathematik-Fans.

Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers

Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2015

Renowned mathematician Ian Stewart uses remarkable (and some unremarkable) numbers to introduce readers to the beauty of mathematics.At its heart, mathematics is about numbers, our fundamental tools for understanding the world. In Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers, Ian Stewart offers a delightful introduction to the numbers that surround us, from the common (Pi and 2) to the uncommon but no less consequential (1.059463 and 43,252,003,274,489,856,000). Along the way, Stewart takes us through prime numbers, cubic equations, the concept of zero, the possible positions on the Rubik's Cube, the role of numbers in human history, and beyond! An unfailingly genial guide, Stewart brings his characteristic wit and erudition to bear on these incredible numbers, offering an engaging primer on the principles and power of math.

Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries

Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2014

Acclaimed writer and mathematician Ian Stewart's third miscellany of mathematical curios and conundrums. In Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart presents an enticing collection of mathematical curios and conundrums. With a new puzzle on each page, this compendium of brainteasers will both teach and delight. Guided by stalwart detective Hemlock Soames and his sidekick, Dr. John Watsup, readers will delve into almost two hundred mathematical problems, puzzles, and facts. Tackling subjects from mathematical dates (such as Pi Day), what we don't know about primes, and why the Earth is round, this clever, mind-expanding book demonstrates the power and fun inherent in mathematics.

The Science of Discworld IV Judgement Day

The Science of Discworld IV Judgement Day

Author: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

The fourth book in the Science of Discworld series, and this time around dealing with The Really Big Questions, Terry Pratchett's brilliant new Discworld story Judgement Day is annotated with very big footnotes (the interleaving chapters) by mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen, to bring you a mind-mangling combination of fiction, cutting-edge science and philosophy. Marjorie Daw is a librarian, and takes her job - and indeed the truth of words - very seriously. She doesn't know it, but her world and ours - Roundworld - is in big trouble. On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing. The Wizards of Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). After all, they brought it into existence by bungling an experiment in Quantum ThaumoDynamics. But legal action is being brought against them by Omnians, who say that the Wizards' god-like actions make a mockery of their noble religion. As the finest legal brains in Discworld (a zombie and a priest) gird their loins to do battle - and when the Great Big Thing in the High Energy Magic Laboratory is switched on - Marjorie Daw finds herself thrown across the multiverse and right in the middle of the whole explosive affair. As God, the Universe and, frankly, Everything Else is investigated by the trio, you can expect world-bearing elephants, quantum gravity in the Escher-verse, evolutionary design, eternal inflation, dark matter, disbelief systems - and an in-depth study of how to invent a better mousetrap.

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Welt-Formeln

Welt-Formeln

Author: Ian Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2014

Sie haben die Geschichte des Menschen mindestens ebenso beeinflusst wie Kriege, Revolutionen und die Machtigen der Welt - Gleichungen fassen in wenigen Symbolen den Fortschritt des Wissens zusammen. Vom Bau der Pyramiden bis zur Satellitennavigation bilden sie die Basis jeder Erfindung. Manche von ihnen sind gar zu Ikonen der Moderne geworden, zum Beispiel Einsteins E=mc2. In diesem Buch erklart uns Englands Mathe-Guru Ian Stewart die wichtigsten 17: ihre Vorgeschichte, ihren praktischen Nutzen, die Bedeutung der Zeichen. Vom Satz des Pythagoras uber Logarithmen, imaginare Zahlen, die Differentialrechnung, Newtons Gravitationsgesetz oder Gauss' Normalverteilung bis hin zum zweiten Hauptsatz der Thermodynamik oder zur Chaostheorie hat er Gleichungen ausgewahlt, die jedem von uns in der einen oder anderen Form schon einmal begegnet sind.