Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

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Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

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The equation you see was derived by Erwin Schrodinger in 1927, building off of the work of physicists like Werner Heisenberg. It is argued that improper use of the formula (and its descendants) contributed to the financial crisis. In this lively volume, mathematician Ian Stewart delves into 17 equations that shape our daily existence, including those dreamed up by the likes of Einstein, Newton, and Erwin Schrödinger. Newton's gravity held up very well for two hundred years, and it was not until Einstein's theory of general relativity that it would be replaced.

Importance: Logarithms were revolutionary, making calculation faster and more accurate for engineers and astronomers. For example, a right triangle drawn on the surface of a sphere like the Earth doesn't necessarily satisfy the theorem.Each chapter begins with a summary page, showing the equation in question, with little lines pointing to the major elements of the equations, and labels identifying them. But there is always a small chance that purely randomly, say a mixture of gas molecules will partly unmix. He often refers to things in today's society that are relevant to the equation and its consequences. And the equation at the heart of Information Theory, devised by Claude Shannon, is the basis of digital communication today.

I also always get really irritated with knot theory, as the first thing mathematicians do is say 'Let's join the ends up. Also remarkable is its universal nature — this is not just how gravity works on Earth, or in our solar system, but anywhere in the universe. The techniques developed to solve the wave equation have been very useful in solving similar types of equations as well. Each chapter is a focused look at a specific equation, the circumstances of its discovery, and the wider ramifications of its existence.I think that technical books have to suit a person's existing knowledge, and this book seems to suit me very well. He has that valuable grasp of not only what it takes to make equations interesting, but also to make science cool. Modern use: Thermodynamics underlies much of our understanding of chemistry and is essential in building any kind of power plant or engine.

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