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Aczel, Amir D.

Works: 134 works in 631 publications in 10 languages and 22,477 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Interviewer
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Most widely held works by Amir D Aczel
The riddle of the compass : the invention that changed the world by Amir D Aczel( Book )

28 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 1,558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fascinating account that takes us from ancient China to renaissance Italy to everywhere today, by the bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem. Annotation. Bestselling science writer Amir Aczel uncovers the fascinating story of the invention of the compass and its impact on the world. Amir D. Aczel, the distinguished science writer, turns detective as he uncovers the fascinating story of the invention of the compass. It's a fabulous tale of Chinese lodestones directing the building of palaces and ancient mariners following the flights of birds to reach their destinations. The arrival of the compass in Europe and an understanding of its potential revolutionized trade in the Mediterranean and ushered in the great Age of Exploration. Tracking down the roots of the compass and telling the story of navigation through the ages, Aczel instructs and charms as never before. Amir Aczel is known for his ability to write delightful books about hard topics in math and science. And this is the book he was born to write. Raised on ocean liners by his ship's captain father, the young Aczel stood at the helm and steered ships through the Mediterranean. His experience adds depth and resonance to the telling of this terrific story
Fermat's last theorem : unlocking the secret of an ancient mathematical problem by Amir D Aczel( Book )

36 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Fermat's last theorem, that the square of a whole number can be broken down into two other squares of whole numbers but the same cannot be done with cubes or higher powers. After three hundred years, a proof for the theorem was developed by Princeton-based mathematician Andrew Wiles
God's equation : Einstein, relativity, and the expanding universe by Amir D Aczel( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and German and held by 1,412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The product of research around the globe - and interviews with dozens of prominent scientists, God's Equation discusses the latest developments in cosmology, the study of the nature of the universe. Using Einstein and his theories to explain the links between relativity and cosmology via Einstein's "cosmological constant," Aczel tells us it is almost as though Einstein were God's mouthpiece, revealing the most fundamental truths about our larger environment, truths scientists are just now confirming." "And yet Aczel reveals a side of Einstein - the man - no one else has brought to light. Aczel is the first to have translated certain letters of Einstein, in private hands until recently. These letters cast a new spin on Einstein's relationship with other scientists and his early efforts to prove his revolutionary theory that a strong gravitational force will make light bend."--Jacket
Pendulum : Léon Foucault and the triumph of science by Amir D Aczel( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1851, struggling, self-taught physicist LEon Foucault performed a dramatic demonstration inside the PanthEon in Paris. By tracking a pendulum's path as it swung repeatedly across the interior of the large ceremonial hall, Foucault offered the first definitive proof -- before an audience that comprised the cream of Parisian society, including the future emperor, Napoleon III -- that the earth revolves on its axis. Through careful, primary research, world-renowned author Amir Aczel has revealed the life of a gifted physicist who had almost no formal education in science, and yet managed to succeed despite the adversity he suffered at the hands of his peers. The range and breadth of Foucault's discoveries is astonishing: He gave us the modern electric compass, devised an electric microscope, invented photographic technology, and made remarkable deductions about color theory, heat waves, and the speed of light. Yet until now so little has been known about his life. Richly detailed and evocative, Pendulum tells of the illustrious period in France during the Second Empire; of Foucault's relationship with Napoleon III, a colorful character in his own right; and -- most notably -- of the crucial triumph of science over religion. Dr. Aczel has crafted a fascinating narrative based on the life of this most astonishing and largely unrecognized scientist, whose findings answered many age-old scientific questions and posed new ones that are still relevant today
Entanglement : the greatest mystery in physics by Amir D Aczel( Book )

34 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since cyberspace--a word coined by a science fiction writer--became reality, the lines between "science" and "science fiction" have become increasingly blurred. Now, the young field of quantum mechanics holds out the promise that some of humanity's wildest dreams may be realized. Serious scientists, working off of theories first developed by Einstein and his colleagues seventy years ago, have been investigating the phenomenon known as "entanglement," one of the strangest aspects of the strange universe of quantum mechanics. According to Einstein, quantum mechanics required entanglement--the idea that subatomic particles could become inextricably linked, and that a change to one such particle would instantly be reflected in its counterpart, even if a universe separated them. Einstein felt that if the quantum theory could produce such incredibly bizarre effects, then it had to be invalid. But new experiments both in the United States and Europe show not only that it does happen, but that it may lead to unbreakable codes, and even teleportation
The mystery of the aleph : mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the search for infinity by Amir D Aczel( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The mind-twisting, deeply philosophical work of Cantor has its roots in ancient Greek mathematics and Jewish numerology as found in the mystical work known as the Kabbalah. Cantor used the term aleph - the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, with all its attendant divine associations - to refer to the mysterious number which is the sum of positive integers. It is not the last positive number, because ... there is no last. It is the ultimate number that is always being approached: just as, for example, there is no last fraction before the number 1"--Jacket
Descartes' secret notebook : a true tale of mathematics, mysticism, and the quest to understand the universe by Amir D Aczel( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the great 17th century philosopher and mathematician looks at the contributions of Rene Descartes. His interest in mysticism and probable membership in the occult brotherhood of Rosicrucians, and his secret notebook, which he kept in code, attempting to redecipher the contents of the long lost volume. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and mathematics. His apothegm "Cogito, ergo sum" marked the birth of the mind body problem, while his creation of so-called Cartesian coordinates has made our intellectual conquest of physical space possible. But Descartes had a mysterious and mystical side, as well. After Descartes' death, Gottfried Leibniz, inventor of calculus and one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, moved to Paris in search of this notebook and eventually found it in the possession of Claude Clerselier, a friend of Descartes'. Liebniz called on Clerselier and was allowed to copy only a couple of pages, which, though written in code, he amazingly deciphered there on the spot. Liebniz's hastily scribbled notes are all we have today of Descartes' notebook. Why did Descartes keep a secret notebook, and what were its contents? The answers to these questions will lead the reader on an exciting, swashbuckling journey, and offer a fascinating look at one of the great figures of Western culture
Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers by Amir D Aczel( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. Finding Zero is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride. The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero--the keystone of our entire system of numbers--on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves--who finally reveal where our numbers come from."--
Chance : a guide to gambling, love, the stock market & just about everything else by Amir D Aczel( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and German and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chance defines our life. Will you get the job, the lover, the money? Now Amir Aczel, in this slim book modeled on his very successful Fermat's Last Theorem, gives readers the tools to minimize, or maximize, chance's effect on their lives. Chance marks Aczel's return to his preferred field: the popularization of mathematics. Here, Aczel explores probability theory and its daily, practical applications, while along the way relating stories of inveterate gamblers who also happen to be mathematical geniuses. With the clarity of the statistician he once was, Aczel analyzes what is commonly known as luck. Alongside chapters on Surprising Birthday Problem, Coincidences, and How to Make Great Decisions are a history of probability theory and anecdotes of its daily applications
Why science does not disprove God by Amir D Aczel( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzing the theories and findings of such titans as Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin, a renowned science writer and mathematician demonstrates in multiple ways that science has not, as yet, provided any definitive proof refuting the existence of God
The artist and the mathematician : the story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the genius mathematician who never existed by Amir D Aczel( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A real-life mathematical mystery Nicolas Bourbaki was perhaps the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century. Responsible for the emergence of the "new math" that swept through American and foreign education systems in the middle of the century, Bourbaki originated the modern concept of the mathematical proof and is credited with the introduction of rigor into the discipline. It can be said that no working mathematician in the world today is free of the influence of Nicolas Bourbaki's seminal work." "This is the story of both Bourbaki and the world that created him. And it is the story of an elaborate intellectual joke - because Bourbaki, the author of dozens of acclaimed papers and one of the foremost mathematicians of his day - never existed."--Jacket
Present at the creation : the story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider by Amir D Aczel( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In telling the story of what is perhaps the most anticipated experiment in the history of science, Aczel takes us inside the control rooms at CERN at key moments when an international team of top researchers begins to discover whether this multi-billion euro investment will fulfill its spectacular promise
The Jesuit and the skull : Teilhard de Chardin, evolution, and the search for Peking Man by Amir D Aczel( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In December 1929, in a cave near Peking, diggers for an international team of scientists that included a French Jesuit priest named Pierre Teilhard de Chardin pulled from the rubble a skull of Homo erectus, still ensconced in its matrix of clay. It was the first discovery of remains of Homo erectus that quickly became known around the world as Peking Man, a key evolutionary link between the erect hunting apes and our Homo sapiens ancestors. And it also became a provocative piece of evidence in the roiling debate between creationism and evolution -- a debate that would reinvigorate decades of controversy between the scientific community and religious authorities. - Jacket flap
Probability 1 : why there must be intelligent life in the universe by Amir D Aczel( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and Dutch and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is there intelligent life in the universe? Could the people who have believed in it for centuries be right? People who put their faith in science are puzzled. And now they have a definitive answer. Probability 1 answers this question with a resounding Yes, there must be intelligent life in the universe. Amir Aczel, mathematician and author of the beloved Fermat's Last Theorem, proves the point with a combination of science and math. Aczel shows how the history of space discovery and probability theory come together to prove that we are not alone in the universe. Interplanetary travel for the armchair scientist, Probability 1 offers a rational take on the issue for the skeptic and the true believer alike
Complete business statistics by Amir D Aczel( Book )

89 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition continues to provide students with a solid understanding of statistical concepts and rich problems to stimulate learning
A strange wilderness : the lives of the great mathematicians by Amir D Aczel( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bestselling popular science author Amir Aczel selects the most fascinating individuals and stories in the history of mathematics, presenting a colorful narrative that explores the quirky personalities behind some of the most profound, enduring theorems. Through such mathematical geniuses as Archimedes, Leonardo of Pisa (a.k.a. Fibonacci), Tartaglia ("the stutterer"), Descartes, Gottfried Liebniz, Carl Gauss, Joseph Fourier (Napoleon's mathematician), Evariste Galois, Georg Cantor, Ramanujan, and "Nicholas Bourbaki," we gather little known details about the alliances and rivalries that profoundly impacted the development of what the scheming doctor-turned-mathematician Geronimo Cardano called "The Great Art." This story of mathematics is not your dry "college textbook" account; tales of duels, battlefield heroism, flamboyant arrogance, pranks, secret societies, imprisonment, feuds, theft, and even some fatal errors of judgment fill these pages (clearly, genius doesn't guarantee street smarts). Ultimately, readers will come away from this book entertained, with a newfound appreciation of the tenacity, complexity, eccentricity, and brilliance of the mathematical genius."
Uranium wars : the scientific rivalry that created the nuclear age by Amir D Aczel( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Uranium, a nondescript element when found in nature, in the past century has become more sought after than gold. Its nucleus is so heavy that it is highly unstable and radioactive. If broken apart, it unleashes the tremendous power within the atom - the most controversial type of energy ever discovered. Set against the darkening shadow of World War II, Amir D. Aczel's suspenseful account tells the story of the fierce competition among the day's top scientists to harness nuclear power. The intensely driven Marie Curie identified radioactivity. The University of Berlin team of Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner--he an upright, politically conservative German chemist and she a soft-spoken Austrian Jewish theoretical physicist--achieved the most spectacular discoveries in fission. Curie's daughter, Irene Joliot-Curie, raced against Meitner and Hahn to break the secret of the splitting of the atom. As the war raged, Niels Bohr, a founder of modern physics, had a dramatic meeting with Werner Heisenberg, the German physicist in charge of the Nazi project to beat the Allies to the bomb. And finally, in 1942, Enrico Fermi, a prodigy from Rome who had fled the war to the United States, unleashed the first nuclear chain reaction in a racquetball court at the University of Chicago."--Jacket
The cave and the cathedral : how a real-life Indiana Jones and a renegade scholar decoded the ancient art of man by Amir D Aczel( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Popular science writer Aczel examines French (and some Spanish) cave drawings and the theories scientists have put forward to explain them, including religious iconography, hunting trophies, and a leap in human brain development
The Jesuit & the skull : [Teilhard de Chardin, evolution, and the search for Peking Man] by Amir D Aczel( Recording )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the efforts of an esteemed French Jesuit priest to confront the struggle between science and religion upon his 1929 discovery of the Peking Man pre-human skull that represented a missing link between erect hunting apes and the human race's Cro-Magnon ancestors, a finding he was ordered to deny as scientific evidence refuting biblical teachings
My search for Ramanujan : how I learned to count by Ken Ono( Book )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The son of a prominent Japanese mathematician who came to the United States after World War II, Ken Ono was raised on a diet of high expectations and little praise. Rebelling against his pressure-cooker of a life, Ken determined to drop out of high school to follow his own path. To obtain his father's approval, he invoked the biography of the famous Indian mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan, whom his father revered, who had twice flunked out of college because of his single-minded devotion to mathematics. Ono describes his rocky path through college and graduate school, interweaving Ramanujan's story with his own and telling how at key moments, he was inspired by Ramanujan and guided by mentors who encouraged him to pursue his interest in exploring Ramanujan's mathematical legacy. Picking up where others left off, beginning with the great English mathematician G.H. Hardy, who brought Ramanujan to Cambridge in 1914, Ono has devoted his mathematical career to understanding how in his short life, Ramanujan was able to discover so many deep mathematical truths, which Ramanujan believed had been sent to him as visions from a Hindu goddess. And it was Ramanujan who was ultimately the source of reconciliation between Ono and his parents. Ono's search for Ramanujan ranges over three continents and crosses paths with mathematicians whose lives span the globe and the entire twentieth century and beyond. Along the way, Ken made many fascinating discoveries. The most important and surprising one of all was his own humanity."
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The riddle of the compass : the invention that changed the world
Alternative Names
Aczel, A. D.

Aczel, Amir

Amir Aczel wiskundige uit Israël (1950-2015)

Amir D. Aczel

Amir D. Aczel divulgatore scientifico israeliano

Амир Аксел

أمير أكزيل

악셀, 아미르

악젤, 아미르 D

악첼, 애머 D

액설, 아미르 D

액젤, 아미르 D

アクゼル, アミーア・D

アクゼル, アミール・D

Fermat's last theorem : unlocking the secret of an ancient mathematical problemGod's equation : Einstein, relativity, and the expanding universePendulum : Léon Foucault and the triumph of scienceEntanglement : the greatest mystery in physicsThe mystery of the aleph : mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the search for infinityDescartes' secret notebook : a true tale of mathematics, mysticism, and the quest to understand the universeChance : a guide to gambling, love, the stock market & just about everything elseThe artist and the mathematician : the story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the genius mathematician who never existed