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Stewart, Ian 1945-

Works: 200 works in 1,167 publications in 12 languages and 43,670 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Fiction  History  Miscellanea  Humor  Fantasy fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Annotator
Classifications: QA93, 510
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Stewart
Mathematics of life by Ian Stewart( Book )
29 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biologists have long dismissed mathematics as being unable to meaningfully contribute to our understanding of living beings. Within the past ten years, however, mathematicians have proven that they hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of our world, and ourselves. In this book the author provides an overview of the vital but little recognized role mathematics has played in pulling back the curtain on the hidden complexities of the natural world, and how its contribution will be even more vital in the years ahead. He explains how mathematicians and biologists have come to work together on some of the most difficult scientific problems that the human race has ever tackled, including the nature and origin of life itself. It is an introduction to the role of mathematics in life sciences, from cellular organization to the behavior and evolution of entire organisms
In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world by Ian Stewart( Book )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart--but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history. Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he presents--from Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravity to Einstein's Theory of Relativity--within a particular historical moment, elucidating the development of mathematical and philosophical thought necessary for each equation's discovery. None of these equations emerged in a vacuum, Stewart shows; each drew, in some way, on past equations and the thinking of the day. In turn, all of these equations paved the way for major developments in mathematics, science, philosophy, and technology. Without logarithms (invented in the early 17th century by John Napier and improved by Henry Briggs), scientists would not have been able to calculate the movement of the planets, and mathematicians would not have been able to develop fractal geometry. The Wave Equation is one of the most important equations in physics, and is crucial for engineers studying the vibrations in vehicles and the response of buildings to earthquakes. And the equation at the heart of Information Theory, devised by Claude Shannon, is the basis of digital communication today. An approachable and informative guide to the equations upon which nearly every aspect of scientific and mathematical understanding depends, In Pursuit of the Unknown is also a reminder that equations have profoundly influenced our thinking and continue to make possible many of the advances that we take for granted
Does God play dice? : the mathematics of chaos by Ian Stewart( Book )
61 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Does God Play Dice? explains the astonishing new theories of systems that obey simple laws but which are neither constant nor predictable. Ian Stewart reveals a strange universe, one in which nothing may be as it seems, where familiar geometrical shapes such as circles and ellipses give way to infinitely complex structures known as 'fractals.' He explains how the fluttering of a butterfly's wing can change the weather and how the gravitational attraction of a creature in a distant galaxy can change the fate of the solar system
Flatterland : like Flatland only more so by Ian Stewart( Book )
26 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 2,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"First there was Edwin A. Abbott's remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, and one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics. Now, from mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart, comes a dazzling, modern sequel." "Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So provides an engaging, completely accessible guide to some of the trickiest concepts in contemporary mathematics. Through larger-than-life characters and an inspired story line, Flatterland explores our present understanding of the shape and origins of the universe, the nature of space, time, and matter, as well as modern geometries and their applications." "The journey begins when our heroine, Victoria Line, comes upon her great-great-grandfather A. Square's diary, hidden in the attic. The writings help her to contact the Space Hopper, who tempts her away from her home and family in Flatland and becomes her guide and mentor through ten dimensions." "Informed by Stewart's ingenious stream of wordplay and crackling dialogue, Flatterland is the story of Vikki's fantastic voyage through the Mathiverse. From the Charming Construction Entity to Moobius, the one-sided cow, from the Hawk King to the Space Girls, her encounters grow ever stranger. She watches two Parallel Lions meet and sees the Doughmouse change a doughnut into a teapot without breaking any mathematical rules. She experiences the universe expanding from the outside and survives a harrowing trip through a black hole. Finally, armed with a clearer vision of the world beyond, Vikki makes her way home to two-dimensional Flatland -- and starts to spread the word." "In the tradition of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Toll Booth, this magnificent investigation into the nature of reality is destined to become a modern classic. Book jacket."--Jacket
Nature's numbers : the unreal reality of mathematical imagination by Ian Stewart( Book )
47 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Mathematics is, Ian Stewart admits, totally unreal - an entirely mental construct. Furthermore, the complicated equations and lengthy proofs we usually identify as math are no more the essence of math than a musical score is a Beethoven symphony. Yet math is the best tool we have for understanding the world around us. By looking at the universe through mathematical eyes, we have discovered a great secret: nature's patterns are clues to the deep regularities that govern the way the world works." "Mathematics is to nature as Sherlock Holmes is to evidence. It can look at a single snowflake and deduce the atomic structure of ice crystals; it can start with a violin string and uncover the existence of radio waves. And mathematics still has the power to open our eyes to new and unsuspected regularities: the secret structure of a cloud or the hidden rhythms of the weather." "Nature's Numbers will equip you with a mathematician's eyes. It will take you sight-seeing in a mathematical universe. And it will change the way you view your own world."--Jacket
The magical maze : seeing the world through mathematical eyes by Ian Stewart( Book )
14 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and Dutch and held by 2,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Approaches mathematics using an assortment of puzzles and problems and the metaphorical structure of a maze
Galois theory by Ian Stewart( Book )
64 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ian Stewart's Galois Theory has been in print for 30 years. Resoundingly popular, it still serves its purpose very well, but mathematics education has changed considerably since 1973This edition brings the presentation in line with more modern approaches. While preserving and extending the most popular features of the previous editions, the author reorganized the material to place the concrete before the abstract. He also added more technical history, incorporated several newer proofs, and revived some classical topics. There is simply no more engaging, no more accessible, no more outstanding introduction to the intriguing concepts of abstract algebra than Galois Theory
The annotated Flatland a romance of many dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott( )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For the first time in paperback, the only annotated edition of Edwin Abbott's classic mind-bending tale of an alternate, two-dimensional universe presented side-by-side with mathematician Ian Stewart's revealing commentary and analysis
Professor Stewart's cabinet of mathematical curiosities by Ian Stewart( Book )
31 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of intriguing mathematical games, puzzles, stories, and factoids that reveal hidden gems of logic, geometry, and probability
Life's other secret : the new mathematics of the living world by Ian Stewart( Book )
17 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Is there an underlying set of principles that connects the pattern of a tiger's stripes with the design of a butterfly's wings? Are there hidden laws of life that lie deeper than DNA?" "According to award-winning science writer Ian Stewart, the answer is yes, and the hidden rules are called mathematics. In Life's Other Secret, Stewart exploits a realm of pattern and beauty that links the pulse of life with the creative enterprise of mathematics." "Pointing to what he describes as an exaggerated emphasis on the power of DNA in determining the shape and behavior of life-forms, Stewart compares DNA to a recipe book of ingredients, quantities, and sequences: very useful, but far from a complete plan of the final result. Beneath the genes lies the rich texture of the physical universe with its deep patterns, forms, structures, processes, and systems - a world of infinite subtlety that can be described only through mathematics. Genes may move a life-form in a specific direction, but it is the mathematical laws of chemistry and physics that control an organism's response to its genetic instructions." "With the visionary work of the zoologist D'Arcy Thompson as his touchstone, Stewart unfolds a series of dazzling mathematical patterns in the organic world: the ethereal spiral of the nautilus shell, the fluid forms of a jellyfish, the boastful beauty of the peacock's tail, and the amazing numerology of floral petals. He leads us to a place where number and nature coalesce, and where the order of mathematics manifests itself in life."--Jacket
Letters to a young mathematician by Ian Stewart( Book )
15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects from the philosophical to the practical - what mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others - in a style that combines subtle, easygoing humor with a talent for cutting to the heart of the matter"--Bk. jacket
Why beauty is truth : a history of symmetry by Ian Stewart( Book )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hidden in the heart of the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory, and modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry." "Symmetry has been a key idea for artists, architects and musicians for centuries, but within mathematics it remained, until very recently, an arcane pursuit. In the twentieth century, however, symmetry emerged as central to the most fundamental ideas in physics and cosmology. Why Beauty Is Truth tells its history, from ancient Babylon to twenty-first century physics." "It is a peculiar history, and the mathematicians who contributed to symmetry's ascendancy mirror its fascinating puzzles and dramatic depth. We meet Girolamo Cardano, the Renaissance Italian rogue, scholar, and gambler who stole the modern method of solving cubic equations and published it in the first important book on algebra. We meet Evariste Galois, a young revolutionary who single-handedly refashioned the whole of mathematics by founding the field of group theory - only to die at age nineteen in a duel over a woman before publishing any of his work. Perhaps most curious is William Rowan Hamilton, who carved his most significant discovery into a stone bridge between bouts of alcoholic delirium." "Mathematician Ian Stewart tells the stories of these and other eccentric and occasionally tragic geniuses as he describes how symmetry grew into one of the most important ideas of modern science
The problems of mathematics by Ian Stewart( Book )
33 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and French and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Initiant aux théories établies comme aux plus récentes (chaos, fractales, catastrophes, probabilités, etc.), l'auteur montre "que les mathématiques, ce sont plus des idées que des calculs, plus une aventure de l'intelligence qu'une aride discipline scolaire". [SDM]
Visions of infinity : the great mathematical problems by Ian Stewart( Book )
8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A history of mathematics as told through foureen of its greatest problems explains why mathematical problems exist, what drives mathematicians to solve them, and why their efforts matter in the context of science as a whole
Math hysteria fun and games with mathematics by Ian Stewart( )
19 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and German and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! In Math Hysteria, Professor Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale: Counting the Cattle of the Sun; The Great Drain Robbery; and Preposterous Piratical Predicaments; to name but a few. Along the way, we also meet many curious characters: in short, these stories are engaging, challenging, and lots of fun!
From here to infinity by Ian Stewart( )
22 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A retitled and revised edition of Ian Stewart's The Problems of Mathematics, this is the perfect guide to today's maths. Read about the lastest discoveries, and see how simple concepts from probability theory can help you maximize your lottery winnings
Fearful symmetry : is God a geometer? by Ian Stewart( Book )
14 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the shapes of clouds to dewdrops on a spider's web, this accessible book employs the mathematical concepts of symmetry to portray fascinating facets of the physical and biological world. More than 120 figures illustrate the interaction of symmetry with dynamics and the mathematical unity of nature's patterns"--
What is Mathematics? An elementary approach to ideas and methods by Richard Courant( Book )
17 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Written for beginners and scholars, for students and teachers, for philosophers and engineers, What is Mathematics? is a sparkling collection of mathematical gems that offers an entertaining and accessible portrait of the mathematical world. Brought up to date with a new chapter by Ian Stewart, this second edition offers new insights into recent mathematical developments and describes proofs of the Four-Color Theorem and Fermat's Last Theorem, problems that were still open when Courant and Robbins wrote this masterpiece, but ones that have since been solved."--BOOK JACKET
The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett( Book )
36 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the course of an exciting experiment, the wizards of Discworld have accidentally created a new universe. Within this universe is a planet that they name Roundworld. Roundworld is, of course, Earth, and the universe is our own. As the wizards watch their creation grow, Terry Pratchett and acclaimed science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen use Discworld to examine science from the outside. Interwoven with the Pratchett's original story are entertaining, enlightening chapters which explain key scientific principles such as the Big Bang theory and the evolution of life on earth, as well as great moments in the history of science
Concepts of modern mathematics by Ian Stewart( Book )
43 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Some years ago, "new math" took the country's classrooms by storm. Based on the abstract, general style of mathematical exposition favored by research mathematicians, its goal was to teach students not just to manipulate numbers and formulas, but to grasp the underlying mathematical concepts. The result, at least at first, was a great deal of confusion among teachers, students, and parents. Since then, the negative aspects of "new math" have been eliminated and its positive elements assimilated into classroom instruction. In this charming volume, a noted English mathematician uses humor and anecdote to illuminate the concepts underlying "new math": groups, sets, subsets, topology, Boolean algebra, and more. According to Professor Stewart, an understanding of these concepts offers the best route to grasping the true nature of mathematics, in particular the power, beauty, and utility of pure mathematics. No advanced mathematical background is needed (a smattering of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is helpful) to follow the author's lucid and thought-provoking discussions of such topics as functions, symmetry, axiomatics, counting, topology, hyperspace, linear algebra, real analysis, probability, computers, applications of modern mathematics, and much more. By the time readers have finished this book, they'll have a much clearer grasp of how modern mathematicians look at figures, functions, and formulas and how a firm grasp of the ideas underlying "new math" leads toward a genuine comprehension of the nature of mathematics itself
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Alternative Names
Stewart, I.
Stewart, I. 1945-
Stewart, I. (Ian), 1945-
Stewart, I. N.
Stewart, I.N. 1945-
Stewart, I.N. (Ian Nicholas), 1945-
Stewart, I. N. (Ian Nicolas), 1945-
Stewart, Ian
Stewart, Ian N.
Stewart, Ian N. 1945-
Stewart, Ian Nicholas.
Stewart, Ian Nicholas 1945-
Stewart, Ian Nicolas 1945-
Stewarts, Ian 1945-
Sti︠u︡art, Iėn 1945-
Stjuart, Iʹen 1945-
Stûart, Ân.
Stûart, Ièn.
Стюарт, Я 1945-
Стюарт, Я. (Ян), 1945-
סטיוארט, איאן 1945-
إيان ستيوارت، 1945-
ستيوارث، يان، 1945-
スチュアート, イアン
スチュワート, I
スチュワート, イアン
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