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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

Do Dice Play God?

Do Dice Play God?

Author: Ian Stewart Format: CD-Audio 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. However, over the centuries 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.

Know Thyself

Know Thyself

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2018

Know Thyself

Know Thyself

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2018

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.

Significant Figures Lives and Works of Trailblazing Mathematicians

Significant Figures Lives and Works of Trailblazing Mathematicians

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2017

Which mathematician elaborated a crucial concept the night before he died in a duel? Who funded his maths and medical career through gambling and chess? Who learned maths from her wallpaper? Ian Stewart presents the extraordinary lives and amazing discoveries of twenty-five of history's greatest mathematicians from Archimedes and Liu Hui to Benoit Mandelbrot and William Thurston. His subjects are the inspiring individuals from all over the world who have made crucial contributions to mathematics. They include the rediscovered geniuses Srinivasa Ramanujan and Emmy Noether, alongside the towering figures of Muhammad al-Khwarizmi (inventor of the algorithm), Pierre de Fermat, Isaac Newton, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, Bernhard Reimann (precursor to Einstein), Henri Poincare, Ada Lovelace (arguably the first computer programmer), Kurt Goedel and Alan Turing. Ian Stewart's vivid accounts are fascinating in themselves and, taken together, cohere into a riveting history of key steps in the development of mathematics.

Calculating the Cosmos How Mathematics Unveils the Universe

Calculating the Cosmos How Mathematics Unveils the Universe

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Ian Stewart's up-to-the-minute guide to the cosmos moves from the formation of the Earth and its Moon to the planets and asteroids of the solar system and from there out into the galaxy and the 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 will end. He considers parallel universes, what forms extra-terrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of Earth being hit by an asteroid. Mathematics, Professor Stewart shows, has been the driving force in astronomy and cosmology since the ancient Babylonians. He describes how Kepler's work on planetary orbits led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity, and how two centuries later irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein's theory of general relativity. In crystal-clear terms he explains the fundamentals of gravity, spacetime, relativity and quantum theory, and shows how they all relate to each other. Eighty years ago the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the Big Bang theory of its origins. This in turn led cosmologists to posit features such as dark matter and dark energy. But does dark matter exist? Could another scientific revolution be on the way to challenge current scientific orthodoxy? These are among the questions Ian Stewart raises in his quest through the realms of astronomy and cosmology.

The Beauty of Numbers in Nature Mathematical patterns and principles from the natural world

The Beauty of Numbers in Nature Mathematical patterns and principles from the natural world

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2017

This is a marvellous book, not only because of its abundance of colour pictures, but also because of the knowledgeable text written in Stewart's pleasing style that is never pedantic, always informative and smooth. - European Mathematical Society Think of a zebra's stripes, the complexities of a spider's web, the uniformity of desert dunes, or the spirals in a sunflower head ... think of a snowflake. The Beauty of Numbers in Nature shows how life on Earth forms the principles of mathematics. Starting with the simplest patterns, each chapter looks at a different kind of patterning system and the mathematics that underlies it. In doing so the book also uncovers some universal patterns, both in nature and man-made, from the basic geometry of ancient Greece to the visually startling fractals that we are familiar with today. Elegantly illustrated, The Beauty of Numbers in Nature is an illuminating and engaging vision of how the apparently cold laws of mathematics find expression in the beauty of nature.

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 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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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.

Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries

Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries

Author: Ian Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Like its wildly popular predecessors Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities and Hoard of Mathematical Treasures, Professor Stewart's brand-new book is a miscellany of over 150 mathematical curios and conundrums, packed with trademark humour and numerous illustrations.In addition to the fascinating formulae and thrilling theorems familiar to Professor Stewart's fans, the Casebook follows the adventures of the not-so-great detective Hemlock Soames and his sidekick Dr John Watsup (immortalised in the phrase 'Watsup, Doc?'). By a remarkable coincidence they live at 222B Baker Street, just across the road from their more illustrious neighbour who, for reasons known only to Dr Watsup, is never mentioned by name. A typical item is 'The Case of the Face-Down Aces', a mathematical magic trick of quite devilish cunning... Ranging from one-liners to four-page investigations from the frontiers of mathematical research, the Casebook reveals Professor Stewart at his challenging and entertaining best.