The Secret Life of Equations

The 50 Greatest Equations and How They Work

Author: Richard Cochrane

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781844038589


Page: 192

View: 9339

Discover the 50 equations that have led to incredible discoveries, ground-breaking technology and have shaped our understanding of the world. From much heralded classics, like Zeno's Dichotomy and Pythagoras's Theorem, to The Schr�dinger Wave Equation and Google PageRank, each equation is broken down and explained in a unique, illustrated way, so that you understand what it's about; what it's good for; its history, detail and related equations. Behind every important scientific discovery there is an equation. They are far from baffling, and now you too can understand their power and beauty!

The Secret Life of Equations

The 50 Greatest Equations and How They Work

Author: Rich Cochrane

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781770858084

Category: Mathematics

Page: 192

View: 7221

A new way to understand the nature of equations with a look at 50 of the most important ones.

The Secret Life of the Periodic Table

Unlocking the Mysteries of All 118 Elements

Author: Ben Still

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781770858107

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 6422

The Secret Life of the Periodic Table uncovers the fascinating stories behind the formulation of the table. It describes how and who discovered the 118 elements, and the competition and cooperation behind scientific advances. The character of the elements is brought to life in a bright and engaging way, making The Secret Life of the Periodic Table ideal for students and general readers. Spared the monotony of a school text, they can gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of atomic science. The book covers all 118 elements in 14 chapters. They are: A brief guide to atomic physics Igor Mendeleev, arguably the most important formulator of the table, and significant others Hydrogen Alkali metals Alkaline Earth metal Transition metals Post-transition metals Metalloids Other non-metals Halogens Noble gases Lanthanoids Actinoids Transuranium elements. Each element description includes a fact box showing atomic number, atomic weight, radius, melting point, boiling point, density, and the year of its discovery and by whom. There are many sidebars, boxes and extended captions covering topics of interest, like Ernest Lawrence's 1931 cyclotron, early precursor to the 10-km radius Large Hydron Collider that he could not possibly have imagined. There is also fascinating trivia about the elements. For example, phosphorus was first isolated by an alchemist's search for gold in urine and in the 1920s, there was a fad for lethal radium cocktails. The Secret Life of the Periodic Table is accurate and entertaining, making it a helpful adjunct to student studies. General readers will find it an enjoyable trip into the world of chemistry and atomic science. It is an ideal purchase for science, middle school and general collections.

The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

Author: Sylvia Tara

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244849

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 8512

A biochemist shows how we can finally control our fat—by understanding how it works. Fat is not just excess weight, but actually a dynamic, smart, and self-sustaining organ that influences everything from aging and immunity to mood and fertility. With cutting-edge research and riveting case studies—including the story of a girl who had no fat, and that of a young woman who couldn’t stop eating—Dr. Sylvia Tara reveals the surprising science behind our most misunderstood body part and its incredible ability to defend itself. Exploring the unexpected ways viruses, hormones, sleep, and genetics impact fat, Tara uncovers the true secret to losing weight: working with your fat, not against it.

Five Equations That Changed the World

The Power and Poetry of Mathematics

Author: Michael Guillen

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 1401304915

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

View: 6334

A Publishers Weekly best book of 1995! Dr. Michael Guillen, known to millions as the science editor of ABC's Good Morning America, tells the fascinating stories behind five mathematical equations. As a regular contributor to daytime's most popular morning news show and an instructor at Harvard University, Dr. Michael Guillen has earned the respect of millions as a clear and entertaining guide to the exhilarating world of science and mathematics. Now Dr. Guillen unravels the equations that have led to the inventions and events that characterize the modern world, one of which -- Albert Einstein's famous energy equation, E=mc2 -- enabled the creation of the nuclear bomb. Also revealed are the mathematical foundations for the moon landing, airplane travel, the electric generator -- and even life itself. Praised by Publishers Weekly as "a wholly accessible, beautifully written exploration of the potent mathematical imagination," and named a Best Nonfiction Book of 1995, the stories behind The Five Equations That Changed the World, as told by Dr. Guillen, are not only chronicles of science, but also gripping dramas of jealousy, fame, war, and discovery.

The Mathematics Bible

The Definitive Guide to the Last 4,000 Years of Theories

Author: Colin Beveridge

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781770857933

Category: Mathematics

Page: 400

View: 631

Mathematics has a history filled with brilliant minds and world-changing discoveries. It just needs to be made accessible. And that's exactly what "The Mathematics Bible" does. It describes the history and development of mathematics in easily understood language. It introduces the most important players, societies and cultures, like the Ancient Egyptians and Pythagoreans, and key figures such as Galileo, Dodgson, Babbage and Lovelace. It brings the ancient science and art of mathematics into the contemporary world of the 21st century. Accessible, well-informed and fully illustrated, this is a book that shows perfectly just how varied and fascinating mathematics can be. These definitive guides to their subjects together have sold over three million copies worldwide. Their success is undoubtedly owed to the comprehensiveness and quality of content, for an excellent price, and the smaller size is nonetheless filled with 400 illustrations.

The Secret Life of the Periodic Table

Author: Dr Ben Still

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1844039102

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 2831

Every element has character, be it volatile, aloof, gregarious or enigmatic. They also have incredible stories of how they came to be, how they were discovered and how their qualities have been harnessed to make everything we have in the world. The Secret Life of the Periodic Table gives a fascinating insight into the discovery and use of all 118 elements. It uncovers incredible stories of how Mendeleev's table was formulated and the individual elements found, as well as explaining the fundamentals of atomic science and each element's place in the table and our universe.

In Pursuit of the Unknown

17 Equations That Changed the World

Author: Ian Stewart

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465029744

Category: Mathematics

Page: 360

View: 4106

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.

Maths Hacks

Author: Richard Cochrane

Publisher: Cassell

ISBN: 1788400445

Category: Mathematics

Page: 208

View: 2439

Everything you need to know about 100 key mathematical concepts condensed into easy-to-understand sound bites designed to stick in your memory and give you an instant grasp of the concept. On each topic, you'll start with a helicopter overview of the subject, which will give you an introduction to the idea and some context surrounding it. Next, you'll zoom in on the core elements of the theory, with clear explanation of each point to make sure you really understand the concept, along with simple examples that everyone can follow. Finally, you'll be given a one-liner hack to really make the theory stick in your mind. The perfect introduction to algebra, logic, probability and much more, this is a great new way to learn about the most important mathematical ideas and concepts in a way that makes them easy to recall even months after reading the book. Topics covered include: Numbers Algebra Logic Geometry Probability Computer science Applied mathematics Mechanics Statistics Set Theory

The Jazz of Physics

The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

Author: Stephon Alexander

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465098509

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 8033

More than fifty years ago, John Coltrane drew the twelve musical notes in a circle and connected them by straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane put physics and geometry at the core of his music. Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander follows suit, using jazz to answer physics' most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim-The Jazz of Physics reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the Music of the Spheres," taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics. The Jazz of Physics will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself.

The Happiness Equation

Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

Author: Neil Pasricha

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698155696

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

View: 8930

#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER What’s the formula for a happy life? Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a Walmart executive, a New York Times–bestselling author, and a husband and dad. After selling more than a million copies of his Book of Awesome series, he now shifts his focus from observation to application. In The Happiness Equation, Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing, do anything, and have everything. If that sounds like a contradiction, you simply haven’t unlocked the 9 Secrets to Happiness. Each secret takes a common ideal, flips it on its head, and casts it in a completely new light. Pasricha then goes a step further by providing step-by-step guidelines and hand-drawn scribbles that illustrate exactly how to apply each secret to live a happier life today. Controversial? Maybe. Counterintuitive? Definitely. The Happiness Equation will teach you such principles as: · Why success doesn’t lead to happiness · How to make more money than a Harvard MBA · Why multitasking is a myth · How eliminating options leads to more choice The Happiness Equation is a book that will change how you think about everything—your time, your career, your relationships, your family, and, ultimately, of course, your happiness. From the Hardcover edition.

The Universe in Your Hand

A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond

Author: Christophe Galfard

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 125006953X

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 6625

"If Ms. Frizzle were a physics student of Stephen Hawking, she might have written THE UNIVERSE IN YOUR HAND, a wild tour through the reaches of time and space, from the interior of a proton to the Big Bang to the rough suburbs of a black hole. It's friendly, excitable, erudite, and cosmic." —Jordan Ellenberg, New York Times besteselling author of How Not To Be Wrong Quantum physics, black holes, string theory, the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, parallel universes: even if we are interested in these fundamental concepts of our world, their language is the language of math. Which means that despite our best intentions of finally grasping, say, Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, most of us are quickly brought up short by a snarl of nasty equations or an incomprehensible graph. Christophe Galfard's mission in life is to spread modern scientific ideas to the general public in entertaining ways. Using his considerable skills as a brilliant theoretical physicist and successful young adult author, The Universe in Your Hand employs the immediacy of simple, direct language to show us, not explain to us, the theories that underpin everything we know about our universe. To understand what happens to a dying star, we are asked to picture ourselves floating in space in front of it. To get acquainted with the quantum world, we are shrunk to the size of an atom and then taken on a journey. Employing everyday similes and metaphors, addressing the reader directly, and writing stories rather than equations renders these astoundingly complex ideas in an immediate and visceral way. Utterly captivating and entirely unique, The Universe in Your Hand will find its place among other classics in the field.

The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg

Author: Robert P. Crease

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393337936

Category: Mathematics

Page: 320

View: 1605

Shares behind-the-scenes stories for ten of the most significant equations in human history, covering a range of topics, from Feynman's statement about Maxwell's pivotal electromagnetic equations and the influence of Newton's law of gravitation to the reason Euler's formula has been called "God's equation" and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. 20,000 first printing.

The Secrets Behind “The Secret”

What You Need to Know about the Law of Attraction and Dream Manifestation

Author: Daniel Marques

Publisher: 22 Lions -

ISBN: 1463585853

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 50

View: 2960

Much has been said about the law of attraction and some have called it “the secret”. However, this topic is only a secret for those that didn’t know it yet as it has been mentioned and used for thousands of years. Most of the information is kept under the cover of faith and religious believe, and many have used this knowledge to control people and lead them within political agendas; others have used it for personal gaining while hiding it from everyone else. Whatsoever is the case there’s still plenty to learn about the law of attraction or the law of dream manifestation. Most books discussing it will show strategies, techniques and methods to obtain what we wish for in our life but they still hide the main secrets. These Authors show us what to do but not how it works, why it works or the purpose of its existence. After decades of personal studies on spirituality, a simplification within a specific theory was possible to explain more than anyone ever said about this issue. This book doesn’t intend to represent any religious dogma in particular and was written based on the insights from several spiritual believes, ancient and modern, as well as known and secret to the public. Religion promotes a life philosophy and, although very misleading, also talks about universal truth. This paradigm is being noticed by modern science, which in some fields attests the dogma and in others reveals its fallacy. We’re now much closer to know what is true, false or merely half-true. Quantum Physics, for example, is still at its starting point but much has explained already. Willing to describe a more complete understanding matching all these subjects, the Author will here reveal what he knows with a reasonable and humble perspective based on personal experiences. This book will not make any promises regarding becoming a millionaire or famous and none of the theories here exposed are immune to failure. Instead, it will explain how personal and spiritual growth matches the law of attraction and how we can understand life and the changes in our reality better while applying the necessary responsibility we must have as the spiritual beings that we are. The following chapters are supported by the Author’s background and studies in Religious Societies, Greek Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Modern Psychology and Psychopedagogy, related to the mechanism of life and the anatomy of the spirit, as well as these sources’ acknowledgement in what can be applied to the law of attraction. The theory presented is complete, flexible, simple and practical, allowing an easy assimilation to any lifestyle. With this knowledge the reader will have the power to change reality and manifest his own desires, while understanding all the dynamics involved in such process. The major success of the first edition wasn’t expected but the Author took into consideration all kind opinions and uplifting reviews to improve this second edition and make it even more powerful and accessible to anyone. You have now in your hands a book that has been recommended by famous Entrepreneurs as being in the same level as Napoleon Hill “Think and Grow Rich” and Wallace D. Wattles “The Science of Getting Rich”, both books that inspired the movie “The Secret” and all the speakers in it. But also a book that climbed rapidly into the Bestsellers list of Amazon soon after being published for the first time. This is truly the most revealing book about the Secrets behind “The Secret”.

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

A Novel in Clues

Author: Nova Jacobs

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501175122

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2148

The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, left behind a dangerous equation for her to track down—and protect—before others can get their hands on it. Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from him by mail. In it, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague. But first, she must find where the equation is hidden. While in Los Angeles for Isaac’s funeral, Hazel realizes she’s not the only one searching for his life’s work, and that the equation’s implications have potentially disastrous consequences for the extended Severy family, a group of dysfunctional geniuses unmoored by the sudden death of their patriarch. As agents of an enigmatic company shadow Isaac’s favorite son—a theoretical physicist—and a long-lost cousin mysteriously reappears in Los Angeles, the equation slips further from Hazel’s grasp. She must unravel a series of maddening clues hidden by Isaac inside one of her favorite novels, drawing her ever closer to his mathematical treasure. But when her efforts fall short, she is forced to enlist the help of those with questionable motives.

I Is an Other

The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World

Author: James Geary

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062041770

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 6144

“Sherlock Holmes could glance at a bowler hat and tell that its owner's wife had ceased to love him. In this brilliant book about metaphor James Geary is no less astonishing, as he deciphers the subtle implications embedded in advertising slogans, familiar slang and government double-talk…. You'll scarf down every page of I Is an Other and then ask for more.” —Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of Book by Book and Classics for Pleasure For lovers of language and fans of Blink and Freakonomics, New York Times bestselling author James Geary offers this fascinating look at metaphors and their influence in every aspect of our lives, from art to medicine, psychology to the stock market.

Beautiful, Simple, Exact, Crazy

Mathematics in the Real World

Author: Apoorva Khare,Anna Lachowska

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300190891

Category: Mathematics

Page: 480

View: 9541

In this vibrant work, which is ideal for both teaching and learning, Apoorva Khare and Anna Lachowska explain the mathematics essential for understanding and appreciating our quantitative world. They show with examples that mathematics is a key tool in the creation and appreciation of art, music, and literature, not just science and technology. The book covers basic mathematical topics from logarithms to statistics, but the authors eschew mundane finance and probability problems. Instead, they explain how modular arithmetic helps keep our online transactions safe, how logarithms justify the twelve-tone scale commonly used in music, and how transmissions by deep space probes are similar to knights serving as messengers for their traveling prince. Ideal for coursework in introductory mathematics and requiring no knowledge of calculus, Khare and Lachowska s enlightening mathematics tour will appeal to a wide audience."

Why Balloons Rise and Apples Fall

The Laws That Make the World Work

Author: Jeff Stewart

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782437574

Category: Physics

Page: 192

View: 8125

'Everything we do is touched by physics. Whether we're on the motorway, at the beach or in the pub, its laws tell us what happens in our world and why.'From the big stuff (life, the universe and everything) to the small stuff (the mind-bending world of quantum physics), here is an accessible guide to the fascinating, awe-inspiring and sometimes downright weird world of physics. Learn about why heavier things don't fall faster, why you have more energy when you're sitting upstairs, and why time slows down as you speed up, and consider such philosophical questions as whether you can be invisible, and what happened to Schr�dinger's poor cat. If you don't know your conduction from your convection, or your wormholes from your Ohm's law, this is the book for you.

The Procrastination Equation

How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done

Author: Piers Steel

Publisher: Random House Canada

ISBN: 0307366383

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 2261

DON'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK: The world's leading expert on procrastination uses his groundbreaking research to offer understanding on a matter that bedevils us all. Writing with humour, humanity and solid scientific information reminiscent of Stumbling on Happiness and Freakonomics, Piers Steel explains why we knowingly and willingly put off a course of action despite recognizing we'll be worse off for it. For those who surf the Web instead of finishing overdue assignments, who always say diets start tomorrow, who stay up late watching TV to put off going to sleep, The Procrastination Equation explains why we do what we do — or in this case don't — and why in Western societies we're in the midst of an escalating procrastination epidemic. Dr. Piers Steel takes on the myths and misunderstandings behind procrastination and motivation — showing us how procrastination affects our lives, health, careers and happiness and what we can do about it. With accessible prose and the benefits of new scientific research, he provides insight into why we procrastinate even though the result is that we are less happy, healthy, even wealthy. Who procrastinates and why? How many ways, big and small, do we procrastinate? How can we stop doing it? The reasons are part cultural, part psychological, part biological. And, with a million new ways to distract ourselves in the digitized world — all of which feed on our built-in impulsiveness — more of us are potentially damaging ourselves by putting things off. But Steel not only analyzes the factors that weigh us down but the things that motivate us — including understanding the value of procrastination. From the Hardcover edition.

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Author: Simon Singh

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408835312

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 7824

You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show Futurama) without ever realising that they contain enough maths to form an entire university course. In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, Simon Singh explains how the brilliant writers, some of the mathematicians, have smuggled in mathematical jokes throughout the cartoon's twenty-five year history, exploring everything from to Mersenne primes, from Euler's equation to the unsolved riddle of P vs. NP, from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers, and much more. With wit, clarity and a true fan's zeal, Singh analyses such memorable episodes as 'Bart the Genius' and 'HomerÂ3' to offer an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history.