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Stewart, Ian 1945-

Works: 330 works in 1,987 publications in 9 languages and 61,446 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Fiction  History  Mathematical fiction  Miscellanea  Novels  Puzzles and games  Satirical literature  Novellas  Fantasy fiction 
Roles: Author, Annotator, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Adapter, Contributor, Other
Classifications: QA93, 510
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Ian Stewart
Most widely held works by Ian Stewart
Does God play dice? : the mathematics of chaos by Ian Stewart( Book )

66 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does God Play Dice? explains the astonishing new theories of systems that obey simple laws but which are neither constant nor predictable. Ian Stewart reveals a strange universe, one in which nothing may be as it seems, where familiar geometrical shapes such as circles and ellipses give way to infinitely complex structures known as 'fractals.' He explains how the fluttering of a butterfly's wing can change the weather and how the gravitational attraction of a creature in a distant galaxy can change the fate of the solar system
Nature's numbers : the unreal reality of mathematical imagination by Ian Stewart( Book )

44 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 2,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mathematics is, Ian Stewart admits, totally unreal - an entirely mental construct. Furthermore, the complicated equations and lengthy proofs we usually identify as math are no more the essence of math than a musical score is a Beethoven symphony. Yet math is the best tool we have for understanding the world around us. By looking at the universe through mathematical eyes, we have discovered a great secret: nature's patterns are clues to the deep regularities that govern the way the world works." "Mathematics is to nature as Sherlock Holmes is to evidence. It can look at a single snowflake and deduce the atomic structure of ice crystals; it can start with a violin string and uncover the existence of radio waves. And mathematics still has the power to open our eyes to new and unsuspected regularities: the secret structure of a cloud or the hidden rhythms of the weather." "Nature's Numbers will equip you with a mathematician's eyes. It will take you sight-seeing in a mathematical universe. And it will change the way you view your own world."--Jacket
Galois theory by Ian Stewart( Book )

93 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ian Stewart's Galois Theory has been in print for 30 years. Resoundingly popular, it still serves its purpose very well, but mathematics education has changed considerably since 1973This edition brings the presentation in line with more modern approaches. While preserving and extending the most popular features of the previous editions, the author reorganized the material to place the concrete before the abstract. He also added more technical history, incorporated several newer proofs, and revived some classical topics. There is simply no more engaging, no more accessible, no more outstanding introduction to the intriguing concepts of abstract algebra than Galois Theory
Life's other secret : the new mathematics of the living world by Ian Stewart( Book )

26 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is there an underlying set of principles that connects the pattern of a tiger's stripes with the design of a butterfly's wings? Are there hidden laws of life that lie deeper than DNA?" "According to award-winning science writer Ian Stewart, the answer is yes, and the hidden rules are called mathematics. In Life's Other Secret, Stewart exploits a realm of pattern and beauty that links the pulse of life with the creative enterprise of mathematics." "Pointing to what he describes as an exaggerated emphasis on the power of DNA in determining the shape and behavior of life-forms, Stewart compares DNA to a recipe book of ingredients, quantities, and sequences: very useful, but far from a complete plan of the final result. Beneath the genes lies the rich texture of the physical universe with its deep patterns, forms, structures, processes, and systems - a world of infinite subtlety that can be described only through mathematics. Genes may move a life-form in a specific direction, but it is the mathematical laws of chemistry and physics that control an organism's response to its genetic instructions." "With the visionary work of the zoologist D'Arcy Thompson as his touchstone, Stewart unfolds a series of dazzling mathematical patterns in the organic world: the ethereal spiral of the nautilus shell, the fluid forms of a jellyfish, the boastful beauty of the peacock's tail, and the amazing numerology of floral petals. He leads us to a place where number and nature coalesce, and where the order of mathematics manifests itself in life."--Jacket
Flatterland : like Flatland only more so by Ian Stewart( Book )

26 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 1,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First there was Edwin A. Abbott's remarkable Flatland, published in 1884, and one of the all-time classics of popular mathematics. Now, from mathematician and accomplished science writer Ian Stewart, comes a dazzling, modern sequel." "Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So provides an engaging, completely accessible guide to some of the trickiest concepts in contemporary mathematics. Through larger-than-life characters and an inspired story line, Flatterland explores our present understanding of the shape and origins of the universe, the nature of space, time, and matter, as well as modern geometries and their applications." "The journey begins when our heroine, Victoria Line, comes upon her great-great-grandfather A. Square's diary, hidden in the attic. The writings help her to contact the Space Hopper, who tempts her away from her home and family in Flatland and becomes her guide and mentor through ten dimensions." "Informed by Stewart's ingenious stream of wordplay and crackling dialogue, Flatterland is the story of Vikki's fantastic voyage through the Mathiverse. From the Charming Construction Entity to Moobius, the one-sided cow, from the Hawk King to the Space Girls, her encounters grow ever stranger. She watches two Parallel Lions meet and sees the Doughmouse change a doughnut into a teapot without breaking any mathematical rules. She experiences the universe expanding from the outside and survives a harrowing trip through a black hole. Finally, armed with a clearer vision of the world beyond, Vikki makes her way home to two-dimensional Flatland -- and starts to spread the word." "In the tradition of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Toll Booth, this magnificent investigation into the nature of reality is destined to become a modern classic. Book jacket."--Jacket
Why beauty is truth : a history of symmetry by Ian Stewart( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hidden in the heart of the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory, and modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry." "Symmetry has been a key idea for artists, architects and musicians for centuries, but within mathematics it remained, until very recently, an arcane pursuit. In the twentieth century, however, symmetry emerged as central to the most fundamental ideas in physics and cosmology. Why Beauty Is Truth tells its history, from ancient Babylon to twenty-first century physics." "It is a peculiar history, and the mathematicians who contributed to symmetry's ascendancy mirror its fascinating puzzles and dramatic depth. We meet Girolamo Cardano, the Renaissance Italian rogue, scholar, and gambler who stole the modern method of solving cubic equations and published it in the first important book on algebra. We meet Evariste Galois, a young revolutionary who single-handedly refashioned the whole of mathematics by founding the field of group theory - only to die at age nineteen in a duel over a woman before publishing any of his work. Perhaps most curious is William Rowan Hamilton, who carved his most significant discovery into a stone bridge between bouts of alcoholic delirium." "Mathematician Ian Stewart tells the stories of these and other eccentric and occasionally tragic geniuses as he describes how symmetry grew into one of the most important ideas of modern science
In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world by Ian Stewart( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Letters to a young mathematician by Ian Stewart( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Korean and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects from the philosophical to the practical - what mathematics is and why it's worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others - in a style that combines subtle, easygoing humor with a talent for cutting to the heart of the matter"--Jacket
Mathematics of life by Ian Stewart( Book )

29 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biologists have long dismissed mathematics as being unable to meaningfully contribute to our understanding of living beings. Within the past ten years, however, mathematicians have proven that they hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of our world, and ourselves. In this book the author provides an overview of the vital but little recognized role mathematics has played in pulling back the curtain on the hidden complexities of the natural world, and how its contribution will be even more vital in the years ahead. He explains how mathematicians and biologists have come to work together on some of the most difficult scientific problems that the human race has ever tackled, including the nature and origin of life itself. It is an introduction to the role of mathematics in life sciences, from cellular organization to the behavior and evolution of entire organisms
The magical maze : seeing the world through mathematical eyes by Ian Stewart( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Approaches mathematics using an assortment of puzzles and problems and the metaphorical structure of a maze
The collapse of chaos : discovering simplicity in a complex world by Jack Cohen( Book )

32 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and German and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Collapse of Chaos is the first post-chaos, post-complexity book, a groundbreaking inquiry into how simplicity in nature is generated from chaos and complexity. Rather than asking science's traditional question of how to break the world down into its simplest components, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart ask something much more interesting: why does simplicity exist at all? Their story combines chaos and complexity and - surprisingly - derives simplicity from the interaction of the two." "The Collapse of Chaos is composed of two parts. The first half is a witty primer, a guided tour of the islands of Truth that have been mapped out by conventional science. This section provides a streamlined and accessible introduction to the central areas of modern science, including cosmology, quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, biological development, evolution, and consciousness. The unorthodox and adventurous second half dives into the Oceans of Ignorance that surround what is known. Educated by the first half to appreciate the subtler issues in the second, the reader is introduced to a novel and even heretical world where unconventional possibilities are explored through conversations with characters such as the Victorian computer scientist Augusta Ada Lovelace and - for the more outlandish scenarios - the alien inhabitants of the planet Zarathustra."--Jacket
The problems of mathematics by Ian Stewart( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 1992 in English and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visions of infinity : the great mathematical problems by Ian Stewart( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is one of the wonders of mathematics that, for every problem mathematicians solve, another awaits to perplex and galvanize them. Some of these problems are new, while others have puzzled and bewitched thinkers across the ages. Such challenges offer a tantalizing glimpse of the field's unlimited potential, and keep mathematicians looking toward the horizons of intellectual possibility. In this book the author, a mathematician, provides an overview of the most formidable problems mathematicians have vanquished, and those that vex them still. He explains why these problems exist, what drives mathematicians to solve them, and why their efforts matter in the context of science as a whole. The three-century effort to prove Fermat's last theorem, first posited in 1630, and finally solved by Andrew Wiles in 1995, led to the creation of algebraic number theory and complex analysis. The Poincare conjecture, which was cracked in 2002 by the eccentric genius Grigori Perelman, has become fundamental to mathematicians' understanding of three-dimensional shapes. But while mathematicians have made enormous advances in recent years, some problems continue to baffle us. Indeed, the Riemann hypothesis, which the author refers to as the "Holy Grail of pure mathematics," and the P/NP problem, which straddles mathematics and computer science, could easily remain unproved for another hundred years. An approachable and illuminating history of mathematics as told through fourteen of its greatest problems, this book reveals how mathematicians the world over are rising to the challenges set by their predecessors, and how the enigmas of the past inevitably surrender to the powerful techniques of the present. -- From publisher's website
Catastrophe theory and its applications by T Poston( Book )

40 editions published between 1978 and 1997 in English and Russian and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First integrated treatment of main ideas behind Ren ̌Thom's theory of catastrophes stresses detailed applications in the physical sciences. Mathematics of theory explained with a minimum of technicalities. Over 200 illustrations clarify text designed for researchers and postgraduate students in engineering, mathematics, physics and biology. Bibliography
The annotated Flatland : a romance of many dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first-ever annotated edition of the beloved classic is beautifully illustrated and brilliantly brought to life for a new generation of readers. Published in 1884 by an English clergyman and headmaster, it is a fanciful tale of A. Square, a two-dimensional being visiting a three-dimensional world
Professor Stewart's cabinet of mathematical curiosities by Ian Stewart( Book )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of intriguing mathematical games, puzzles, stories, and factoids that reveal hidden gems of logic, geometry, and probability
The Science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett( Book )

32 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the course of an exciting experiment, the wizards of Discworld have accidentally created a new universe. Within this universe is a planet that they name Roundworld. Roundworld is, of course, Earth, and the universe is our own. As the wizards watch their creation grow, Terry Pratchett and acclaimed science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen use Discworld to examine science from the outside. Interwoven with the Pratchett's original story are entertaining, enlightening chapters which explain key scientific principles such as the Big Bang theory and the evolution of life on earth, as well as great moments in the history of science
Figments of reality : the evolution of the curious mind by Ian Stewart( Book )

26 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is the universe around us a figment of our imagination? Or are our minds figments of reality? In this refreshing new look at the evolution of mind and culture, bestselling authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen eloquently argue that our minds necessarily evolved in an inextricable link with culture and language. They go beyond conventional reductionist ideas to look at how the mind is the response of an evolving brain trying to grapple with a complex environment. Along the way they develop new and intriguing insights into the nature of evolution, science and humanity
From here to infinity by Ian Stewart( Book )

23 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retitled and revised edition of Ian Stewart's The Problems of Mathematics, this is the perfect guide to today's maths. Read about the lastest discoveries, and see how simple concepts from probability theory can help you maximize your lottery winnings
Cows in the maze by Ian Stewart( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the math of mazes, to cones with a twist, and the amazing sphericon--and how to make one--Cows in the Maze takes readers on an exhilarating tour of the world of mathematics. We find out about the mathematics of time travel, explore the shape of teardrops (which are not tear-drop shaped, but something much, much more strange), dance with dodecahedra, and play the game of Hex, among many more strange and delightful mathematical diversions. In the title essay, Stewart introduces readers to Robert Abbott's mind-bending "Where Are the Cows?" maze, which changes every time you pass through it, and is said to be the most difficult maze ever invented. In addition, he shows how a 90-year old woman and a computer scientist cracked a long-standing question about counting magic squares, describes the mathematical patterns in animal movement (walk, trot, gallop), looks at a fusion of art, mathematics, and the physics of sand piles, and reveals how mathematicians can--and do--prove a negative. Populated by amazing creatures, strange characters, and astonishing mathematics explained in an accessible and fun way, and illustrated with quirky cartoons by artist Spike Gerrell, Cows in the Maze will delight everyone who loves mathematics, puzzles and mathematical conundrums"--Publisher's website
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Nature's numbers : the unreal reality of mathematical imagination
Alternative Names
Ian Stewart britischer Mathematiker und Autor

Ian Stewart matematico e scrittore britannico

Ian Stewart matemático y escritor

Ian Stewart matemático y escritor británico

Ian Stewart mathématicien et auteur de science fiction britannique

Ian Stewart wiskundige

Stewart, I.

Stewart I. 1945-

Stewart, I. (Ian), 1945-

Stewart, I. N.

Stewart, I.N. 1945-

Stewart, I. N. (Ian Nicholas)

Stewart, I.N. (Ian Nicholas), 1945-

Stewart, I. N. (Ian Nicolas), 1945-

Stewart, Ian

Stewart, Ian M. T. 1945-

Stewart, Ian N.

Stewart, Ian N. 1945-

Stewart, Ian Nicholas.

Stewart, Ian Nicholas 1945-

Stewart, Ian Nicolas 1945-

Stewart, Jan 1945-

Stewarts, Ian 1945-

Sti︠u︡art, Iėn 1945-

Stjuart, Iʹen 1945-

Stûart, Ân.

Stûart, Ièn.

Ίαν Στιούαρτ

Йен Стюарт

Стюарт, Я 1945-

Стюарт, Я. (Ян), 1945-

איאן סטיוארט (מתמטיקאי)

איאן סטיוארט (מתמטיקאי) סופר בריטי

סטיוארט, איאן 1945-

إيان ستيوارت، 1945-

ایان استوارت ریاضی‌دان و نویسنده بریتانیایی

ستيوارث، يان، 1945-

ഇയാന്‍ സ്റ്റിവര്‍ട്ട്

스튜어트, 이언 1945-

이언 스튜어트

イアン・ステュアート (数学者)

スチュアート, イアン

スチュワート, I.

スチュワート, イアン


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Nature's numbers : the unreal reality of mathematical imaginationGalois theoryLife's other secret : the new mathematics of the living worldFlatterland : like Flatland only more soWhy beauty is truth : a history of symmetryLetters to a young mathematicianMathematics of lifeThe magical maze : seeing the world through mathematical eyes