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Peterson, Ivars

Overview
Works: 35 works in 169 publications in 9 languages and 8,464 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Ephemerides  Miscellanea  Juvenile works  Puzzles and games  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Creator
Classifications: QA93, 510
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ivars Peterson
The mathematical tourist : snapshots of modern mathematics by Ivars Peterson( Book )

27 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 2,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work the author, a science journalist, guides us through the world of modern mathematics and the new developments in the field
Newton's clock : chaos in the solar system by Ivars Peterson( Book )

24 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the development of celestial mechanics through the ages from ancient star charts to modern mathematics and computer simulations
Islands of truth : a mathematical mystery cruise by Ivars Peterson( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Japanese and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of the best-selling The Mathematical Tourist returns for another exciting excursion into the research frontiers of modern mathematics
The jungles of randomness : a mathematical safari by Ivars Peterson( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Join acclaimed science writer Ivars Peterson on an adventurous trek through an exotic world of weird dice, fractal drums, firefly rhythms and chaotic amusement park rides, as he explores the wilds of randomness. A tricky, intriguing, even elusive concept, randomness affects our lives in an astonishing range of ways - from the fun of games we play and the noise that spoils the music we hear, to the ways viruses grow and atoms combine. Hidden rules and secret patterns lurk within apparently random events and chance encounters. How likely is it that a fair coin will land heads up ten times in a row? How often might you meet a stranger at a party who shares your birthday? Are there really ways to win at roulette or beat a slot machine? How does the gait of a horse differ from that of a cockroach? Peterson uncovers the answers to a rich array of such tantalizing questions, revealing the surprising, ambiguous boundaries between order and chaos. Along the way we also meet a host of characters, both charming and eccentric, who either made striking discoveries about randomness or were profoundly affected by it. There's the case of Williard Longcor, a man gripped with a passion for throwing dice, who meticulously records the outcomes of millions of tosses and helps correct the theory of the distribution of runs. And there's the tragic case of the brilliant novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who became addicted to the random spin of the roulette wheel. The "wandering mathematician" Paul Erdos drops in with his famous greeting "my brain is open," and the visionary architect Buckminster Fuller remarks on the similarities between his geodesic domes and the structure of viruses. The Jungles of Randomness offers a delightful journey into the exciting world of mathematical discovery and imparts a rare vision of the fundamental playfulness of mathematics in our lives
Mathematical treks : from surreal numbers to magic circles by Ivars Peterson( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science News publishes a weekly column devoted to 'cool stuff' from the world of mathematics. There have been over 250 articles under the title 'Ivars Peterson's Math Treks'. New developments and their applications, old puzzles revisited, famous problems and historic events have all featured. This column has been extremely popular for its brief, informal forays into some of the more unusual aspects of mathematics. Ivars Peterson has enhanced and updated a selection of articles for this book and further bibliographic details and web links are available online. The contents span a wide range of topics and there will be something here for anyone with an interest in mathematics -- PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION
Fatal defect : chasing killer computer bugs by Ivars Peterson( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than ever, our society depends on the reliable - if not always correct - functioning of computers. Computers amplify not only our genius but our flaws, sometimes to intolerable extremes. Author Ivars Peterson traces the lurching history of software development and describes how misconceptions and mistakes have become an inextricable part of computer programs and systems. He creates fascinating and colorful profiles of the people who hunt down these elusive computer bugs and struggle to make an inherently fallible system less treacherous. He also offers dozens of detailed examples of how computer failures occur - some amusing, some annoying, others terrifying, even fatal. Each computer failure is a reminder that we all pay a price for sloppy thinking in software development, for making the rush to market a more important consideration than safety and reliability. No software can ever be guaranteed 100 percent bug-free, but if we analyze our past mistakes and rethink our approach to computers, we can defuse some ticking time bombs and create a more trustworthy next generation of computers
Fragments of infinity : a kaleidoscope of math and art by Ivars Peterson( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this visual journey, author Ivars Peterson guides us to the crossroads of mathematics and art, creativity and imagination - and challenges long-held notions about the ways in which these connect." "Most of us have been led to believe that mathematics is right-brain work, art is left-brain work, case closed. Not so. This book shows just how intertwined the two disciplines are, while sharing exciting glimpses of artists enthralled by the unlimited possibilities offered by mathematically guided explorations. Portraying the works of many contemporary mathematicians who are also artists working in media from metals to glass to snow or whose mathematical thoughts have inspired others to create, Fragments of Infinity draws us into the mysteries of this rich and surprising intersection." "From one-sided surfaces and four-dimensional spaces to self-similar structures and other bizarre or seemingly impossible features of modern math, we are privy to this collaboration in action as concepts and principles are given visible expression. Featuring more than 250 illustrations and photographs of artworks - 28 in full color - ranging from sculptures both massive and minute to elaborate geometric tapestries and mosaics of startling complexity, this is an expedition into the world of abstract shapes, space, and time made tangible."--Jacket
Math trek : adventures in the MathZone by Ivars Peterson( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores various mathematical concepts--such as knots, fractals, secret codes, and chaos theory--and relates them to everyday life
Math trek 2 : a mathematical space odyssey by Ivars Peterson( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores various mathematical concepts--such as randomness, symmetry, dimensions, and pi--and relates them to everyday life
Mathematische Expeditionen : ein Streifzug durch die moderne Mathematik by Ivars Peterson( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le chaos dans le système solaire by Ivars Peterson( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in French and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matelocuras : pasatiempos matemáticos by Ivars Peterson( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in Spanish and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matelocuras 2 : una odisea espacial by Ivars Peterson( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in Spanish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores various mathematical concepts--such as randomness, symmetry, dimensions, and pi-- and relates them to everyday life
Un safari matematico by Ivars Peterson( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in Italian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kaos, fraktaler og sæbebobler : på tur i den nye videnskab by Ivars Peterson( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in Danish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A kaleidoscope of math and art by Ivars Peterson( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chem ed 79 : conference report, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 20-23 August 1979( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kaosu to gūzen no sūgaku : Randamunesu kakuritsu soshite fukuzatsusei e( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shu xue xun li by de xun Bi( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satsujin bagu o oe( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Islands of truth : a mathematical mystery cruise
Alternative Names
Ivars Peterson Canadees wiskundige

Ivars Peterson kanadischer Journalist

Ivars Peterson matemático canadiense

Ivars Peterson mathématicien canadien

פיטרסון, אייברס

פיטרסון, אייברס מתמטיקאי קנדי

피터슨, 이바스

ピーターソン, アイヴァース

ピーターソン, アイバース

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Newton's clock : chaos in the solar systemIslands of truth : a mathematical mystery cruiseThe jungles of randomness : a mathematical safariMathematical treks : from surreal numbers to magic circlesFatal defect : chasing killer computer bugsFragments of infinity : a kaleidoscope of math and artMath trek : adventures in the MathZoneMath trek 2 : a mathematical space odyssey