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From Here to Infinity [Paperback]

Ian Stewart
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4 April 1996 0192832026 978-0192832023 3Rev Ed
, this is the perfect guide to today's mathematics. Read about the latest discoveries, including Andrew Wiles's amazing proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, Chaos Theory, and fake four-dimensional spaces; and see how simple concepts from probability theory can help you maximize your National Lottery winnings.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 3Rev Ed edition (4 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192832026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192832023
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 12.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor Ian Stewart is the author of many popular science books. He is the mathematics consultant for the New Scientist and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He was awarded the Michael Faraday Medal for furthering the public understanding of science, and in 2001 became a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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A retitled and revised edition of Ian Stewart's The Problem of Mathematics, this is the perfect guide to today's mathematics. Read about the latest discoveries, including Andrew Wile's amazing proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, the newest advances in knot theory, the Four Colour Theorem, Chaos Theory, and fake four-dimensial spaces. See how simple concepts from probability theory shed light on the National Lottery and tell you how to maximize your winnings. Discover how infinitesimals become respectable, why there are different kinds of infinity, and how to square the circle with the mathematical equivalent of a pair of scissors.

Maths can be fun! What's more, as Ian Stewart shows, it can be explained in everyday language ... it is such a surprise to find mathematics being made so accessible. (Good Book Guide)

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an excellent account of what's going on in mathematics right now (Guardian)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Introduction to Modern Mathematics 10 May 2004
A Brilliant introduction to everything that is modern about mathematics and includes all the latest developments including proofs of the famous Fermat's Last Theorem and the Four-Colour problem. Readers familiar with Ian Stewart will be unsurprised to find his clear, concise and humourous approach to Maths and his great enthusiasm for the subject is portrayed through this book. A great read and brilliant for those who want a readable, accurate yet not too technical account of the latest developmnents in Mathematics.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting, but complex book 14 Dec 2000
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I read this book last year - at the tender age of 17. When I bought it, I presumed it to be pretty much the same type of book as Eli Maor's 'To Infinity and beyond' - but it wasn't. To be able to read and understand this book, you need to be a capable mathematician - or be willing to let large chunks of it pass over your head - as I did.
Having said this, there are plenty of interesting topics covered in the book - and it opens your eyes to lots of new areas in maths which you never knew even existed. If you're a budding mathematician then you must read this book - though I'd leave it until you're at university.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but found it a little confusing at points 24 Aug 2007
By Jonesey
This book attempts to cover every major topic and discovery in mathematics up to the modern day. As a result this book has had 3 editions, each one significantly different to keep up with the times. Each chapter (in general) covers a distinct field of mathematics and covers, essentially, the history of that field up to now.

I just finished mathematics at A-level and I have found this book taxing but still enjoyable none the less. I began to lose track towards the end of some of the chapters because the book appeared to rush through the explanations due to the shear volume of information it was trying to get across. Despite this, the majority of the book is clear and concise with relevant images and diagrams which helps.
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