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Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers

Ian Stewart

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Description

Renowned mathematician Ian Stewart uses remarkable (and some unremarkable) numbers to introduce readers to the beauty of mathematics.

At its heart, mathematics is about numbers, our fundamental tools for understanding the world. In Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers, Ian Stewart offers a delightful introduction to the numbers that surround us, from the common (Pi and 2) to the uncommon but no less consequential (1.059463 and 43,252,003,274,489,856,000). Along the way, Stewart takes us through prime numbers, cubic equations, the concept of zero, the possible positions on the Rubik's Cube, the role of numbers in human history, and beyond! An unfailingly genial guide, Stewart brings his characteristic wit and erudition to bear on these incredible numbers, offering an engaging primer on the principles and power of math.


Praise For Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers

Winner of the 2015 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science

"The book is crafted with great enthusiasm, resulting in a delightful reading experience encompassing countless results and areas of classical and current research."—MAA Reviews

"Stewart receives an A for telling us how vast, wonderful and useful are all the members of the world of numbers."—Kirkus

Basic Books, 9780465042722, 352pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2015



About the Author

Ian Stewart is emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick. His recent books include Calculating the Cosmos, Significant Figures, In Pursuit of the Unknown, and Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures. He is a fellow of the Royal Society. He lives in Coventry, UK.