Search Results: "Ian Stewart"


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CALCULATING THE COSMOS by Ian Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A word to the wise: this is not cosmology for dummies. Parts of the text are nearly impenetrable, and Stewart's compact style provides few diagrams or even equations. However, he effectively shows that time and technology will evolve ever better calculations of the cosmos."
Stewart (Mathematics/Univ. of Warwick; Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers, 2015, etc.) tackles the universe in this latest compendium of facts and fancy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 2012

"A readable but not simple mathematical guidebook to the labyrinth of mathematics."
Stewart (Mathematics Emeritus/Warwick Univ.; The Mathematics of Life, 2011, etc.) unravels the secret history of equations that "have been pulling the strings of society, [t]ucked away behind the scenes." Read full book review >

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INCREDIBLE NUMBERS by Ian Stewart
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 27, 2014

"This may tempt even children who tremble at the sight of a square root to take the plunge. (Requires iOS 7.1 and above.) (iPad informational app. 14 & up)"
TouchPress and Stewart offer eight challenging dives into mathematical theory and practice for readers not intimidated by complex formulas and brain-bending concepts. Read full book review >

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THE GLOBE by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"It's baffling why this appealingly distinctive offshoot (there are two volumes still to come) of the wildly popular Discworld yarns took so long to cross the Atlantic."
This sequel to the fantasy/nonfiction hybrid The Science of Discworld (2014; U.K. 1999), wherein the bumbling wizards of Discworld's Unseen University accidentally created our universe and the planet Roundworld, aka Earth, first manifested in the U.K. in 2002.Read full book review >

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PROFESSOR STEWART’S INCREDIBLE NUMBERS by Ian Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2015

"Stewart receives an A for telling us how vast, wonderful and useful are all the members of the world of numbers but a lower grade for his explanation of the whys and wherefores."
The erudite British math professor revels in the wonders of numbers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Stewart makes his case in fascinating detail and with an easy, readable style that should make this material accessible to a wide range of readers. (100 drawings and photos, not seen)"
Spectacular as the advances in genetics have been, the DNA molecule tells only part of the scientific story of life; much of the rest, this work argues, is built upon physical and mathematical principles only now being recognized. Read full book review >

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SIGNIFICANT FIGURES by Ian Stewart
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A text for teachers, precocious students, and intellectually curious readers unafraid to tread unfamiliar territory and learn what mad pursuits inspire mathematicians."
Summarizing 2,500 years of mathematics milestones and the mathematicians who made them. Read full book review >

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THE MATHEMATICS OF LIFE by Ian Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"An ingenious overview of biology with emphasis on mathematical ideas—stimulating but requiring careful reading despite the lack of equations."
In the past, students who loved science but hated math studied biology. That won't work today, writes the prolific emeritus professor of Mathematics at Britain's Warwick University, who explains why in his usual enthusiastic but definitely not dumbed-down style. Read full book review >

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AMBUSHED by Ian Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"Dramatic and impressive, calling into question the voyeuristic war reporting of media conglomerates."
Well-executed, troubling account of a foreign correspondent's addiction to combat zones. Read full book review >

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FLATTERLAND by Ian Stewart
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Cloying, pun-filled tour of late-20th-century mathematics, physics and cosmology: high twee for the science set."
Overly cute sequel to British mathematician Edwin Abbott's 1884 classic Flatland, from the Scientific American recreational math columnist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2013

"Stewart's imaginative, often-witty anecdotes, analogies and diagrams succeed in illuminating many but not all of some very difficult ideas. It will enchant math enthusiasts as well as general readers who pay close attention."
An aggressively unsimplified account of 14 great problems, emphasizing how mathematicians approached but did not always solve them. Read full book review >