About this book
Trade paperback. A history of humanity told through 17 defining equations, from Pythagoras to Calculus. From the author of the "Cabinet Of Mathematical Curiosities" and "Hoard Of Mathematical Treasures", which have sold over 100,000 copies in 2 years. Stewart explains how Pythagoras's Theorem led to GPS and SatNav, how logarithms are applied in architecture, and why imaginary numbers were important in the development of the digital camera.
From Newton's Law of Gravity to the Black-Scholes model used by bankers to predict the markets, equations, are everywhere - and they are fundamental to everyday life. In this book, the author sets out seventeen equations that have altered the course of human history. It is also an exploration - and explanation - of life on earth.