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Las ecuaciones, esos conjuntos de números y símbolos separados por el signo igual, son el alma de las matemáticas, los angeles ciencia y los angeles tecnología. Sin ellas, nuestro mundo no existiría en su forma real: escondidas para muchos, han constituido una fuerza motriz en l. a. civilización humana durante miles de años, abriendo nuevas perspectivas en campos tan variados como las comunicaciones, l. a. tecnología espacial o los angeles física nuclear. Que así es, es algo que se encarga de demostrar, con su maestría routine, el distinguido matemático y reputado divulgador Ian Stewart. Para ello ha seleccionado 17 ecuaciones, pertenecientes a dos grupos diferentes. Uno es el de las ecuaciones que revelan regularidades matemáticas, como el teorema de Pitágoras, que nos cube cómo están relacionados los tres lados de un triángulo rectángulo, mientras que el otro es el de las ecuaciones que expresan leyes de l. a. naturaleza, como l. a. ley de gravitación common de Newton, las ecuaciones del electromagnetismo de Maxwell, l. a. ecuación de Schrödinger de l. a. mecánica cuántica, o l. a. ecuación desarrollada por Claude Shannon que outline cuánta información contiene un mensaje.
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In In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart makes use of a handful of mathematical equations to discover the extremely important connections among math and human growth. we frequently put out of your mind the historic hyperlink among arithmetic and technological advances, says Stewart—but this connection is indispensable to any whole knowing of human history.
Equations are modeled at the styles we discover on the planet round us, says Stewart, and it truly is via equations that we can make feel of, and in flip impact, our international. Stewart locates the origins of every equation he presents—from Pythagoras’s Theorem to Newton’s legislation of Gravity to Einstein’s conception of Relativity—within a selected historic second, elucidating the advance of mathematical and philosophical suggestion invaluable for every equation’s discovery. None of those equations emerged in a vacuum, Stewart exhibits; every one drew, in a roundabout way, on previous equations and the deliberating the day. In flip, all of those equations prepared the ground for significant advancements in arithmetic, technology, philosophy, and expertise. with out logarithms (invented within the early seventeenth century by way of John Napier and greater through Henry Briggs), scientists don't have been in a position to calculate the move of the planets, and mathematicians wouldn't have been in a position to improve fractal geometry. The Wave Equation is without doubt one of the most vital equations in physics, and is important for engineers learning the vibrations in cars and the reaction of structures to earthquakes. And the equation on the center of data thought, devised by way of Claude Shannon, is the foundation of electronic conversation today.
An approachable and informative advisor to the equations upon which just about each element of medical and mathematical figuring out relies, In Pursuit of the Unknown is usually a reminder that equations have profoundly stimulated our pondering and proceed to make attainable some of the advances that we take without any consideration.

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