The Man Who Loved Only Numbers

Author: Paul Hoffman
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 0786884061
Release Date: 1999-05-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Based on a National Magazine Award-winning article, this masterful biography of Hungarian-born Paul Erdos is both a vivid portrait of an eccentric genius and a layman's guide to some of this century's most startling mathematical discoveries.

Science and the Written Word

Author: Lou Massa
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199831777
Release Date: 2011-08-17
Genre: Science

In order to meet the growing scientific requirements of an increasingly complex society, it is essential for us to have an appreciation of the power and breadth of science. Science and the Written Word is a collection of interviews featuring some of the world's greatest scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The interviews examine topics related to the nature of science and technology, making them more accessible to the general reader, and emphasize the relationship of various scientific disciplines to one another. Through this book, readers learn from the "inside" how science is done, what motivates it, and why it is of importance to society as a whole. The book offers insights into scientific personalities and dispels common misconceptions regarding the popular image of scientists. The interviews in this book examine standards of behavior and ethics and demonstrate the relationships between science and social values. They delve into topics such as the utility of science in application to war, the importance of science in the educational curriculum, cost benefits of fundamental research in consideration of the national budget, and the public controversy of evolution versus intelligent design. Cumulatively, the discussions in this book give rise to an awareness of both the reality of science and technology and its profound impact upon the well being of society.

CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics Second Edition

Author: Eric W. Weisstein
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420035223
Release Date: 2002-12-12
Genre: Mathematics

Upon publication, the first edition of the CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics received overwhelming accolades for its unparalleled scope, readability, and utility. It soon took its place among the top selling books in the history of Chapman & Hall/CRC, and its popularity continues unabated. Yet also unabated has been the dedication of author Eric Weisstein to collecting, cataloging, and referencing mathematical facts, formulas, and definitions. He has now updated most of the original entries and expanded the Encyclopedia to include 1000 additional pages of illustrated entries. The accessibility of the Encyclopedia along with its broad coverage and economical price make it attractive to the widest possible range of readers and certainly a must for libraries, from the secondary to the professional and research levels. For mathematical definitions, formulas, figures, tabulations, and references, this is simply the most impressive compendium available.

Elementary Number Theory in Nine Chapters

Author: James J. Tattersall
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521585317
Release Date: 1999-10-14
Genre: Mathematics

This book serves as a one-semester introductory course in number theory. Throughout the book, Tattersall adopts a historical perspective and gives emphasis to some of the subject's applied aspects, highlighting the field of cryptography. At the heart of the book are the major number theoretic accomplishments of Euclid, Fermat, Gauss, Legendre, and Euler, and to fully illustrate the properties of numbers and concepts developed in the text, a wealth of exercises has been included. The reader should have "pencil in hand" and ready access to a calculator or computer. For students new to number theory, whatever their background, this is a stimulating and entertaining introduction to the subject.

Daily Rituals

Author: Mason Currey
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447241836
Release Date: 2013-10-24
Genre: Literary Criticism

'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times Anthony Trollope wrote three thousand words every morning before heading off to his job at the Post Office. Toulouse-Lautrec did his best work at night, sometimes even setting up his easel in brothels, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas and a bathrobe. Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in gin-fuelled bursts - he believed alcohol was essential to his creative process. From Marx to Murakami and Beethoven to Bacon, Daily Rituals examines the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Filled with fascinating insights on the mechanics of genius and entertaining stories of the personalities behind it, Daily Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and utterly inspiring.

Essays on Deleuze

Author: Daniel W Smith
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748655373
Release Date: 2012-05-31
Genre: Philosophy

Brings together 18 key essays, plus two completely new essays, by one of the world's leading commentators on the work of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

Darwin s Pharmacy

Author: Richard M. Doyle
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295803005
Release Date: 2011-10-01
Genre: Science

Are humans unwitting partners in evolution with psychedelic plants? Darwin�s Pharmacy shows they are by weaving the evolutionary theory of sexual selection and the study of rhetoric together with the science and literature of psychedelic drugs. Long suppressed as components of the human tool kit, psychedelic plants can be usefully modeled as �eloquence adjuncts� that intensify a crucial component of sexual selection in humans: discourse. Psychedelic plants seduce us to interact with them, building an ongoing interdependence: rhetoric as evolutionary mechanism. In doing so, they engage our awareness of the noosphere, or thinking stratum of the earth. The realization that the human organism is part of an interconnected ecosystem is an apprehension of immanence that could ultimately benefit the planet and its inhabitants. To explore the rhetoric of the psychedelic experience and its significance to evolution, Doyle takes his readers on an epic journey through the writings of William Burroughs and Kary Mullis, the work of ethnobotanists and anthropologists, and anonymous trip reports. The results offer surprising insights into evolutionary theory, the war on drugs, the internet, and the nature of human consciousness itself. Watch the book trailer:


Author: Apostolos K. Doxiadēs
ISBN: 3855350698
Release Date: 2010
Genre: German comic books, strips, etc

Liebe und Mathematik

Author: Edward Frenkel
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783662434215
Release Date: 2014-11-17
Genre: Mathematics

Die linke Hand Gottes

Author: Paul Hoffman
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641046286
Release Date: 2010-07-06
Genre: Fiction

„Die linke Hand Gottes“ ist der Anfang von etwas Großem. Es ist eines dieser seltenen Bücher, die jeden begeistern. Sie nennen ihn Cale. Er ist der Engel des Todes. Seine Geschichte beginnt in einer Festung der Angst und Unterdrückung. Wo sie endet, weiß nur er ... Das heilige Kloster des Erlöserordens ist ein trostloser Ort, an dem Hoffnung und Freude unbekannt sind. Wer hierhergebracht wird, für den hat das Leben ein Ende. Die jungen Novizen, die diesen höllischen Ort betreten, müssen das schreckenerregende Regime der Mönche ertragen. Gewalt und Grausamkeit stehen an erster Stelle. Thomas Cale ist einer dieser unglückseligen Klosterschüler. Er ist vielleicht vierzehn oder fünfzehn Jahre alt, da ist er sich nicht sicher. Niemand kann es ihm genau sagen. Schon lange hat er seinen richtigen Namen vergessen. Jetzt nennen sie ihn Cale. Er kann sich an sein früheres Leben nicht wirklich erinnern, und er weiß nicht, was ihn noch alles erwarten wird, aber eines weiß er: Niemals werden sie ihn unterkriegen. Seine Zeit wird kommen, und dann wird er sich rächen ...

Das lebendige Theorem

Author: Cédric Villani
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104025667
Release Date: 2013-04-25
Genre: Mathematics

Im Kopf eines Genies – der Bericht von einem mathematischen Abenteuer und der Roman eines sehr erfolgreichen Forschers Cédric Villani gilt als Kandidat für die begehrte Fields-Medaille, eine Art Nobelpreis für Mathematiker. Sie wird aber nur alle vier Jahre vergeben, und man muss unter 40 sein. Er hat also nur eine Chance. Unmöglich! Unmöglich? Fieberhaft macht er sich an die Arbeit. Jetzt erzählt er seine Geschichte, und ihm gelingt das Unglaubliche: Wir werden direkte Zeugen der Denkprozesse eines Mathematikers, und das, ohne die dazugehörigen Formeln verstehen zu müssen. Ein Buch, so einzigartig wie sein Autor.

Math Mathematicians A H

Author: Leonard C. Bruno
Publisher: UXL
ISBN: 0787638137
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Mathematicians

Compilation of fifty biographies of mathematicians from throughout history and approximately thirty-five articles describing math concepts and principles.

My Brain is Open

Author: Bruce Schechter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780684859804
Release Date: 2000-02-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Traces the eccentric life of legendary mathematician Paul Erdos, a wandering genius who fled his native Hungary during the Holocaust and helped devise the mathematical basis of computer science.

The Economist

ISBN: UVA:X006064037
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Economic history