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Stewart, Ian 1945-

Works: 154 works in 778 publications in 10 languages and 27,484 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  History  Miscellanea  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Adapter
Classifications: QA93, 510
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Stewart
Life's other secret : the new mathematics of the living world by Ian Stewart( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,504 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 )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,408 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"--Jacket
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 1,309 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
Mathematics of life by Ian Stewart( Book )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,288 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
The problems of mathematics by Ian Stewart( Book )

35 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and French and held by 1,262 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]
The magical maze : seeing the world through mathematical eyes by Ian Stewart( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Approaches mathematics using an assortment of puzzles and problems and the metaphorical structure of a maze
Visions of infinity : the great mathematical problems by Ian Stewart( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is one of the wonders of mathematics that, for every problem mathematicians solve, another awaits to perplex and galvanize them. Some of these problems are new, while others have puzzled and bewitched thinkers across the ages. Such challenges offer a tantalizing glimpse of the field's unlimited potential, and keep mathematicians looking toward the horizons of intellectual possibility. In this book the author, a mathematician, provides an overview of the most formidable problems mathematicians have vanquished, and those that vex them still. He explains why these problems exist, what drives mathematicians to solve them, and why their efforts matter in the context of science as a whole. The three-century effort to prove Fermat's last theorem, first posited in 1630, and finally solved by Andrew Wiles in 1995, led to the creation of algebraic number theory and complex analysis. The Poincare conjecture, which was cracked in 2002 by the eccentric genius Grigori Perelman, has become fundamental to mathematicians' understanding of three-dimensional shapes. But while mathematicians have made enormous advances in recent years, some problems continue to baffle us. Indeed, the Riemann hypothesis, which the author refers to as the "Holy Grail of pure mathematics," and the P/NP problem, which straddles mathematics and computer science, could easily remain unproved for another hundred years. An approachable and illuminating history of mathematics as told through fourteen of its greatest problems, this book reveals how mathematicians the world over are rising to the challenges set by their predecessors, and how the enigmas of the past inevitably surrender to the powerful techniques of the present. -- From publisher's website
Catastrophe theory and its applications by T Poston( Book )

33 editions published between 1966 and 1997 in English and Russian and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First integrated treatment of main ideas behind René Thom's theory of catastrophes stresses detailed applications in the physical sciences. Mathematics of theory explained with a minimum of technicalities. Over 200 illustrations clarify text designed for researchers and postgraduate students in engineering, mathematics, physics and biology. 1978 edition. Bibliography
Taming the infinite : the story of mathematics by Ian Stewart( Book )

25 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with the first Babylonian number symbols and concluding with Fermat's Last Theorem and chaos theory, Steward provides a history of mathematics and answers fundamental questions
What is Mathematics? An elementary approach to ideas and methods by Richard Courant( Book )

12 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in English and held by 811 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."--Jacket
Concepts of modern mathematics by Ian Stewart( Book )

42 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 722 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
The foundations of mathematics by Ian Stewart( Book )

36 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The transition from school to university mathematics is seldom straightforward. Students are faced with a disconnect between the algorithmic and informal attitude to mathematics at school, versus a new emphasis on proof, based on logic, and a more abstract development of general concepts, based on set theory. This book bridges the divide
Wheelers by Ian Stewart( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a decades-long anti-technology frenzy, archaeologist Prudence Odingo announces the discovery of 100,000-year-old wheeled artifacts, as creatures from Jupiter's moons threaten the Earth
Complex analysis : the hitchhiker's guide to the plane by Ian Stewart( Book )

24 editions published between 1983 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From here to infinity by Ian Stewart( Book )

27 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 551 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
Singularities and groups in bifurcation theory by Martin Golubitsky( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 1998 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Singularities and groups bifurcat.../Golubitsky.-v.2
Symmetry : a very short introduction by Ian Stewart( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ian Stewart demonstrates symmetry's deep implications, describing how symmetry's applications range across the entire field of mathematics and how symmetry governs the structure of crystals, innumerable types of pattern formation, and how systems change their state as parameters vary. Symmetry is also highly visual, with applications that include animal markings, locomotion, evolutionary biology, elastic buckling, waves, the shape of the Earth, and the form of galaxies
What shape is a snowflake? by Ian Stewart( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and German and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stripes of a zebra ... the complexities of a spider's web ... the waves of the ocean ... and the shape of a snowflake. These and other natural patterns have been recognized by scientists for centuries. What do they have in common? They can all be accounted for mathematically. In What Shape is a Snowflake? internationally acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart shows how life on earth develops not simply from genetic processes, but also from the principles of mathematics. Starting with the simplest symmetrical patterns, each chapter looks at a different kind of patterning system and the key scientific issues that underlie it. Patterns can embrace chaos, fractals, dislocations, even statistical regularities, and are found in many things that at first seem irregular or featurless. A constant wind blowing over a flat expanse of sand, for example will develop ripples, which eventually lead to sand dunes that are often arranged in long parallel rows or other geometric forms. And the smooth surface of a growing organism will develop beautiful patterns, of spots, stripes and colors. Beautifully illustrated, What Shape is a Snowflake? is an illuminating and engaging vision of how the apparently cold laws of mathematics find organic expression in the beauty of nature
Lie algebras by Ian Stewart( Book )

22 editions published between 1970 and 1976 in 4 languages and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does a martian look like? : the science of extraterrestrial life by Jack Cohen( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds startled Victorian sensibilities with the outlandish notion of an invasion from Mars, we have become increasingly obsessed with the possibility of extraterrestrial life. From Klingons to Ewoks to giant blobs of goo, we have imagined space aliens in every conceivable form. But if aliens do exist (and they probably do), what do they really look like? Would we recognize alien life if we saw it? Given the rules that science has devised for life on earth, can we predict how evolution might proceed in environments quite different from our comfortable air-and-wa
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Life's other secret : the new mathematics of the living world
Alternative Names
Ian Stewart britischer Mathematiker und Autor

Ian Stewart matematico e scrittore britannico

Ian Stewart matemtico y escritor

Ian Stewart mathmaticien et auteur de science fiction britannique

Ian Stewart wiskundige

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-

Start, n.

Start, In.

Ίαν Στιούαρτ

Стюарт, Я 1945-

Стюарт, Я. (Ян), 1945-

איאן סטיוארט (מתמטיקאי)

סטיוארט, איאן 1945-

إيان ستيوارت، 1945-

ایان استوارت ریاضی‌دان و نویسنده بریتانیایی

ستيوارث، يان، 1945-

ഇയാന്‍ സ്റ്റിവര്‍ട്ട്

이언 스튜어트

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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Letters to a young mathematicianMathematics of lifeThe magical maze : seeing the world through mathematical eyesCatastrophe theory and its applicationsTaming the infinite : the story of mathematicsWhat is Mathematics? An elementary approach to ideas and methodsConcepts of modern mathematicsThe foundations of mathematics