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Stewart, Ian 1945-

Works: 436 works in 2,552 publications in 6 languages and 63,862 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  History  Fiction  Puzzles and games  Mathematical fiction  Trivia and miscellanea  Novels  Novellas  Satirical literature  Humor 
Roles: Author, Annotator, Editor, wpr, Narrator, Other, htt, Creator, Author of introduction, dgs, Adapter, Contributor
Classifications: QA93, 510
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Stewart
Figments of reality : the evolution of the curious mind by Ian Stewart( )

29 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 2,800 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
Mathematics of life by Ian Stewart( )

33 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 2,471 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
In pursuit of the unknown : 17 equations that changed the world by Ian Stewart( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,400 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
Galois theory by Ian Stewart( Book )

105 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an attempt to present the Galois theory as a showpiece of mathematical unification, bringing together several different branches of the subject and creating a powerful machine for the study of problems of considerable historical and mathematical importance
Does God play dice? : the mathematics of chaos by Ian Stewart( Book )

66 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the new theories of systems that obey simple laws but which are neither constant nor predictable--a universe in which nothing may be as it seems
The magical maze : seeing the world through mathematical eyes by Ian Stewart( Book )

28 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Approaches mathematics using an assortment of puzzles and problems and the metaphorical structure of a maze
Flatterland : like Flatland only more so by Ian Stewart( Book )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 1,799 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
Cows in the maze by Ian Stewart( )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,695 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
Nature's numbers : the unreal reality of mathematical imagination by Ian Stewart( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 1,693 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
Math hysteria : fun and games with mathematics by Ian Stewart( )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! In Math Hysteria, Professor Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale: Counting the Cattle of the Sun; The Great Drain Robbery; and Preposterous Piratical Predicaments; to name but a few. Along the way, we also meet many curious characters: in short, these stories are engaging, challenging, and lots of fun!
The foundations of mathematics by Ian Stewart( )

54 editions published between 1977 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The transition from school to university mathematics is seldom straightforward. Students face a schism between the algorithmic and informal attitude to mathematics at school, versus a new emphasis on proof, based on logic, and a more abstract development of general concepts, based on set theory. The authors have many years' experience of the potential difficulties involved, through teaching first-year undergraduates and researching the ways in which students and mathematicians think. This book explains the motivation behind abstract foundational material based on students' experiences of school mathematics, and explicitly suggests ways students can make sense of formal ideas. This second edition takes a significant step forward by not only making the transition from intuitive to formal methods, but also by reversing the process, using structure theorems to prove that formal systems have visual and symbolic interpretations that enhance mathematical thinking. This is exemplified by a new chapter on the theory of groups. While the first edition extended counting to infinite cardinal numbers, the second also extends the real numbers rigorously to larger ordered fields. This links intuitive ideas in calculus to the formal epsilon--delta methods of analysis. The approach here is not the conventional one of 'nonstandard analysis', but a simpler, graphically based treatment which makes the notion of an infinitesimal natural and straightforward. This allows a further vision of the wider world of mathematical thinking in which formal definitions and proofs lead to amazing new ways of defining, proving, visualising, and symbolising mathematics beyond previous expectations. -- Back cover
The annotated Flatland : a romance of many dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,545 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
Why beauty is truth : a history of symmetry by Ian Stewart( Book )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,498 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
Life's other secret : the new mathematics of the living world by Ian Stewart( Book )

24 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,373 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
Letters to a young mathematician by Ian Stewart( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,278 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
Professor Stewart's cabinet of mathematical curiosities by Ian Stewart( Book )

28 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of intriguing mathematical games, puzzles, stories, and factoids that reveal hidden gems of logic, geometry, and probability
Visions of infinity : the great mathematical problems by Ian Stewart( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of mathematics as told through foureen of its greatest problems explains why mathematical problems exist, what drives mathematicians to solve them, and why their efforts matter in the context of science as a whole
The collapse of chaos : discovering simplicity in a complex world by Jack Cohen( Book )

39 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,116 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
From here to infinity by Ian Stewart( )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 1,101 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
The problems of mathematics by Ian Stewart( Book )

23 editions published between 1987 and 1992 in English and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mathematics of life
Mathematics of lifeGalois theoryDoes God play dice? : the mathematics of chaosThe magical maze : seeing the world through mathematical eyesFlatterland : like Flatland only more soCows in the mazeNature's numbers : the unreal reality of mathematical imaginationMath hysteria : fun and games with mathematics
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איאן סטיוארט (מתמטיקאי)

איאן סטיוארט (מתמטיקאי) סופר בריטי

סטיוארט, איאן 1945-

إيان ستيوارت، 1945-

ایان استوارت ریاضی‌دان و نویسنده بریتانیایی

ستيوارث، يان، 1945-

يان ستيوارت

یان استوارت

ഇയാന്‍ സ്റ്റിവര്‍ട്ട്

스튜어트, 이안 1945-

스튜어트, 이언 1945-

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イアン・ステュアート (数学者)

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