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: Language Arts & Disciplines

'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times Benjamin Franklin took daily naked air baths and Toulouse-Lautrec painted in brothels. Edith Sitwell worked in bed, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas. 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 by Mason Currey presents the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Whether by amphetamines or alcohol, headstand or boxing, these people made time and got to work. Featuring photographs of writers and artists at work, and 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xof-t2cAob4

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.

Erfahrung Mathematik

Author: P.J. Davis
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783034850407
Release Date: 2013-09-03
Genre: Science

ie ältesten uns bekannten mathematischen Schriftta D feln stammen aus der Zeit um 2400 v. ehr. ; aber wir dürfen davon ausgehen, daß das Bedürfnis, Mathematik zu schaffen, ein Ausdruck der menschlichen Zivilisation an sich ist. In vier bis fünf Jahrtausenden hat sich ein gewalti ges System von Praktiken und Begriffen - die Mathematik herangebildet, die in vielfältiger Weise mit unserem Alltag verknüpft ist. Was ist Mathematik? Was bedeutet sie? Wo mit befaßt sie sich? Was sind ihre Methoden? Wie wird sie geschaffen und benützt? Wo ist ihr Platz in der Vielgestalt der menschlichen Erfahrung? Welchen Nutzen bringt sie? Was für Schaden richtet sie an? Welches Gewicht kommt ihr zu? Diese schwierigen Fragen werden noch zusätzlich kompliziert durch die Fülle des Materials und die weitver zweigten Querverbindungen, die es dem einzelnen verun möglichen, alles zu begreifen, geschweige denn, es in seiner Gesamtheit zu erfassen und zwischen den Deckeln eines normalen Buches unterzubringen. Um von dieser Material fülle nicht erdrückt zu werden, haben sich die Autoren für eine andere Betrachtungsweise entschieden. Die Mathema tik ist seit Tausenden von Jahren ein Feld menschlicher Ak tivität. In begrenztem Rahmen ist jeder von uns ein Mathe matiker und betreibt bewußt Mathematik, wenn er zum Beispiel auf dem Markt einkauft, Tapeten ausmißt oder ei nen Keramiktopf mit einem regelmäßigen Muster verziert. In bescheidenem Ausmaß versucht sich auch jeder von uns als mathematischer Denker. Schon mit dem Ausruf «Aber Zahlen lügen nicht!» befinden wir uns in der Gesellschaft von Plato oder Lakatos.

The Economist

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


Die letzten Gerechten

Author: Paul Hoffman
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641058661
Release Date: 2011-07-25
Genre: Fiction

Cale ist die linke Hand Gottes, der Engel des Todes. Er ist dazu bestimmt, jeden zu vernichten, der nicht des wahren Glaubens ist. Die Erlösermönche, allen voran sein ehemaliger Mentor Bosco, glauben der Prophezeiung, die besagt, dass Cale Gottes Gesandter ist. Erst wenn er seinen Auftrag vollbracht hat, wird Gott eine neue Welt erschaffen können mit den letzten gerechten Menschen dieser Welt. Aber Cale will nur ungern von seinen ehemaligen Unterdrückern für ihre Zwecke benutzt werden und lässt die Mönche erst einmal in dem Glauben, dass er für sie arbeitet. In Wirklichkeit hat er längst einen ganz anderen Plan ...