Stewart, Ian 1945
Overview
Works: 
342
works in
2,156
publications in
6
languages and
62,915
library holdings

Genres: 
Popular works
History
Fiction
Mathematical fiction
Miscellanea
Novels
Novellas
Satirical literature
Puzzles and games
Fantasy fiction

Roles: 
Author, Annotator, Editor, wpr, Narrator, Author of introduction, Adapter, Contributor, Other

Most widely held works about
Ian Stewart
Most widely held works by
Ian Stewart
Nature's numbers : the unreal reality of mathematical imagination by Ian Stewart (
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44
editions published
between
1995
and
2014
in
English
and held by
1,974
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 sightseeing in a mathematical universe. And it will change the way you view your own world."Publisher
Does God play dice? : the mathematics of chaos by Ian Stewart (
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59
editions published
between
1989
and
2004
in
English
and held by
1,885
libraries
worldwide
Explains the new theories of systems that obey simple laws but which are neither constant nor predictablea universe in which nothing may be as it seems
Galois theory by Ian Stewart (
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94
editions published
between
1972
and
2015
in
English and Undetermined
and held by
1,822
libraries
worldwide
Ian Stewart's Galois Theory has been in print for 30 years. Resoundingly popular, it still serves its purpose exceedingly well. Yet mathematics education has changed considerably since 1973, when theory took precedence over examples, and the time has come to bring this presentation in line with more modern approaches. To this end, the story now begins with polynomials over the complex numbers, and the central quest is to understand when such polynomials have solutions that can be expressed by radicals. Reorganization of the material places the concrete before the abstract, thus motivating the general theory, but the substance of the book remains the same
Flatterland : like Flatland only more so by Ian Stewart (
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26
editions published
between
2001
and
2008
in
English and Dutch
and held by
1,483
libraries
worldwide
"First there was Edwin A. Abbott's remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, and one of the alltime 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 largerthanlife 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 greatgreatgrandfather 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 onesided 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 twodimensional 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
Life's other secret : the new mathematics of the living world by Ian Stewart (
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26
editions published
between
1997
and
2010
in
English and Chinese
and held by
1,469
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 awardwinning 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 lifeforms, 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 lifeform 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
Why beauty is truth : a history of symmetry by Ian Stewart (
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18
editions published
between
2007
and
2008
in
English
and held by
1,377
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 twentyfirst 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 singlehandedly 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
In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world by Ian Stewart (
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13
editions published
between
2012
and
2013
in
English
and held by
1,353
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 Stewartbut 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 presentsfrom Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravity to Einstein's Theory of Relativitywithin 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
Letters to a young mathematician by Ian Stewart (
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16
editions published
between
2006
and
2008
in
English and Korean
and held by
1,272
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
Mathematics of life by Ian Stewart (
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30
editions published
between
2011
and
2013
in
English
and held by
1,243
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 magical maze : seeing the world through mathematical eyes by Ian Stewart (
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19
editions published
between
1997
and
2005
in
English and Undetermined
and held by
1,161
libraries
worldwide
Approaches mathematics using an assortment of puzzles and problems and the metaphorical structure of a maze
The collapse of chaos : discovering simplicity in a complex world by Jack Cohen (
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33
editions published
between
1994
and
2000
in
English and German
and held by
1,144
libraries
worldwide
"The Collapse of Chaos is the first postchaos, postcomplexity book, a groundbreaking inquiry into how simplicity in nature is generated from chaos and complexity. Rather than asking science's traditional question of how to break the world down into its simplest components, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart ask something much more interesting: why does simplicity exist at all? Their story combines chaos and complexity and  surprisingly  derives simplicity from the interaction of the two." "The Collapse of Chaos is composed of two parts. The first half is a witty primer, a guided tour of the islands of Truth that have been mapped out by conventional science. This section provides a streamlined and accessible introduction to the central areas of modern science, including cosmology, quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, biological development, evolution, and consciousness. The unorthodox and adventurous second half dives into the Oceans of Ignorance that surround what is known. Educated by the first half to appreciate the subtler issues in the second, the reader is introduced to a novel and even heretical world where unconventional possibilities are explored through conversations with characters such as the Victorian computer scientist Augusta Ada Lovelace and  for the more outlandish scenarios  the alien inhabitants of the planet Zarathustra."Jacket
The problems of mathematics by Ian Stewart (
Book
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21
editions published
between
1987
and
1992
in
English
and held by
1,084
libraries
worldwide
Visions of infinity : the great mathematical problems by Ian Stewart (
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9
editions published
between
2013
and
2014
in
English
and held by
1,054
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 threecentury 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 threedimensional 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 (
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44
editions published
between
1978
and
2005
in
3
languages
and held by
1,025
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
The annotated Flatland : a romance of many dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott (
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22
editions published
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2002
and
2008
in
English
and held by
864
libraries
worldwide
The firstever annotated edition of the beloved classic is beautifully illustrated and brilliantly brought to life for a new generation of readers. Published in 1884 by an English clergyman and headmaster, it is a fanciful tale of A. Square, a twodimensional being visiting a threedimensional world
Figments of reality : the evolution of the curious mind by Ian Stewart (
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26
editions published
between
1997
and
2009
in
English
and held by
712
libraries
worldwide
Is the universe around us a figment of our imagination? Or are our minds figments of reality? In this refreshing new look at the evolution of mind and culture, bestselling authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen eloquently argue that our minds necessarily evolved in an inextricable link with culture and language. They go beyond conventional reductionist ideas to look at how the mind is the response of an evolving brain trying to grapple with a complex environment. Along the way they develop new and intriguing insights into the nature of evolution, science and humanity
From here to infinity by Ian Stewart (
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24
editions published
between
1987
and
2004
in
English
and held by
514
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
Cows in the maze by Ian Stewart (
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12
editions published
in
2010
in
English
and held by
414
libraries
worldwide
"From the math of mazes, to cones with a twist, and the amazing sphericonand how to make oneCows in the Maze takes readers on an exhilarating tour of the world of mathematics. We find out about the mathematics of time travel, explore the shape of teardrops (which are not teardrop shaped, but something much, much more strange), dance with dodecahedra, and play the game of Hex, among many more strange and delightful mathematical diversions. In the title essay, Stewart introduces readers to Robert Abbott's mindbending "Where Are the Cows?" maze, which changes every time you pass through it, and is said to be the most difficult maze ever invented. In addition, he shows how a 90year old woman and a computer scientist cracked a longstanding question about counting magic squares, describes the mathematical patterns in animal movement (walk, trot, gallop), looks at a fusion of art, mathematics, and the physics of sand piles, and reveals how mathematicians canand doprove a negative. Populated by amazing creatures, strange characters, and astonishing mathematics explained in an accessible and fun way, and illustrated with quirky cartoons by artist Spike Gerrell, Cows in the Maze will delight everyone who loves mathematics, puzzles and mathematical conundrums"Publisher's website
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Ian Stewart britischer Mathematiker und Autor Ian Stewart matematico e scrittore britannico Ian Stewart matemático y escritor Ian Stewart matemático y escritor británico Ian Stewart mathématicien 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. 1945 (Ian Nicholas) Stewart, I. N. (Ian Nicholas) Stewart, I.N. (Ian Nicholas), 1945 Stewart, I. N. (Ian Nicolas), 1945 Stewart I. математик 1945 Stewart, Ian Stewart, Ian M. T. 1945 Stewart, Ian N. Stewart, Ian N. 1945 Stewart, Ian Nicholas. Stewart, Ian Nicholas 1945 Stewart, Ian Nicolas 1945 Stewart, Jan 1945 Stewarts, Ian 1945 Sti︠u︡art, Iėn 1945 Stjuart, Iʹen 1945 Stûart, Ân. Stuart, Ian N. 1945 (Ian Nicholas) Stûart, Ièn. Ίαν Στιούαρτ Йен Стюарт Стюарт И. 1945 математик Стюарт, Я 1945 Стюарт, Я. (Ян), 1945 איאן סטיוארט (מתמטיקאי) איאן סטיוארט (מתמטיקאי) סופר בריטי סטיוארט, איאן 1945 إيان ستيوارت، 1945 ایان استوارت ریاضیدان و نویسنده بریتانیایی ستيوارث، يان، 1945 يان ستيوارت یان استوارت ഇയാന് സ്റ്റിവര്ട്ട് 스튜어트, 이언 1945 이언 스튜어트 イアン・ステュアート (数学者) 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 艾恩·史都華
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