Eighteenth century scientists thought they had discovered the immutable laws of a universe that runs like clockwork, but they were quite wrong. The key to this chaotic world can be found in the concept of chaos, one of the most exciting breakthoughs in recent decades. The basic principles and practical applications are clearly presented here.
"A lucid guide to the beauty and mystery of numbers."
Twelve essays exploring how to play poker over the telephone without the possibility of cheating, how to distinguish plausible fallacies from unbelievable facts and how to cope mathematically with contorted worms.
Shows the types of problems that interest mathematicians and the ways in which they approach them.
This biography gives a vivid and strangely moving portrait of the mathematician Erdos.