From Here to Infinity: A Guide to Today’s Mathematics, is a math book by the famous mathematician Ian Stewart. The book focuses on the mathematics of today, that is modern mathematics and is a guide to the modern study of the subject for the general public. The book was published in 1996 by Oxford Publications. It is aimed at answering questions like “What is Math?” and other such questions that a normal reader would ask.
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The book follows a very set pattern which makes it easy for the reader to comprehend. It starts with the first chapter that is “Nature of Mathematics”. Following the first chapter, there are 18 more chapters and they all deal with the problems in math that gave rise to new branches of math or new studies in the subject. Simon Singh, another great writer of the same genre has called the book as an accessible source of mathematical knowledge. This book is a remarkable source of mathematical knowledge for a general reader.
From here to Infinity Pdf Features:
- The first chapter is an introduction to math and how it works.
- The following chapters are all focused on a single topic in math and how it came to be.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1- The Nature of Mathematics
Chapter 2 – The Price of Primality – primality tests and integer factorization
Chapter 3 – Marginal Interest – Fermat’s last theorem
Chapter 4 – Parallel Thinking – non-Euclidean geometry
Chapter 5 – The Miraculous Jar – Cantor’s theorem and cardinal numbers
Chapter 6 – Ghosts of Departed Quantities – calculus and non-standard analysis
Chapter 7 – The Duellist and the Monster – the classification of finite simple groups
Chapter 8 – The Purple Wallflower – the four color theorem
Chapter 9 – Much Ado About Knotting – topology and the Poincaré conjecture
Chapter 10 – More Ado About Knotting – knot polynomials
Chapter 11 – Squarerooting the Unsquarerootable – complex numbers and the Riemann hypothesis
Chapter 12 – Squaring the Unsquarable – the Banach-Tarski paradox
Chapter 13 – Strumpet Fortune – probability and random walks
Chapter 14 – The Mathematics of Nature – the stability of the Solar System
Chapter 15 – The Patterns of Chaos – chaos theory and strange attractors
Chapter 16 – The Two-and-a-halfth Dimension – fractals
Chapter 17 – Dixit Algorizmi – algorithms and NP-complete problems
Chapter 18 – The Limits of Computability – Turing machines and computable numbers
Chapter 19 – The Ultimate in Technology Transfer – experimental mathematics and the relationship between mathematics and science
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