Fermat's Enigma

Author: Simon Singh

Publisher: Anchor


Category: Mathematics

Page: 336

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xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, solution "I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations. What came to be known as Fermat's Last Theorem looked simple; proving it, however, became the Holy Grail of mathematics, baffling its finest minds for more than 350 years. In Fermat's Enigma--based on the author's award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS's "Nova"--Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining story of the pursuit of that grail, and the lives that were devoted to, sacrificed for, and saved by it. Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics.

The Elephant in the Classroom

Author: Jo Boaler

Publisher: Souvenir Press


Category: Education

Page: 272

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Why do millions struggle with mathematics and what can be done to change that for the next generation? Jo Boaler outlines what has gone wrong in mathematics education, identifying the problems facing children in classrooms today. How can children be prepared for the mathematics they will need in the future? They need to be taught to be quantitatively literate, to think flexibly and creatively and how to problem solve. Jo Boaler offers concrete solutions for parents and teachers that will revolutionise children's experiences with maths. Drawing on Jo Boaler's work with Carol Dweck, demonstrating how teachers and parents can give children a growth mindset, while investigating changes to the National Curriculum, The Elephant in the Classroom shows where we are in mathematics education. Along with practical teaching activities, strategies and questions that can transform a child's mathematical future, Jo Boaler shares a range of free and accessible online resources.
Mathematical physics

Challenges for the 21st Century

Author: Louis H. Y. Chen

Publisher: World Scientific


Category: Mathematical physics

Page: 528

View: 364

The International Conference on Fundamental Sciences: Mathematics and Theoretical Physics provided a forum for reviewing some of the significant developments in mathematics and theoretical physics in the 20th century; for the leading theorists in these fields to expound and discuss their views on new ideas and trends in the basic sciences as the new millennium approached; for increasing public awareness of the importance of basic research in mathematics and theoretical physics; and for promoting a high level of interest in mathematics and theoretical physics among school students and teachers. This was a major conference, with invited lectures by some of the leading experts in various fields of mathematics and theoretical physics. Contents: Mathematics: A Review of Critical Point Theory (K-C Chang); Data Tuning (P Hall); Applied Mathematics Meets Signal Processing (S Mallat); Chromatic Graph Theory (C Thomassen); Three-Dimensional Subgroups and Unitary Representations (D A Vogan, Jr.); Theoretical Physics: The Future of Particle Physics (J D Bjorken); The Mathematics of M-Theory (R Dijkgraaf); Aspects of Anomalies in Field Theory (K Fujikawa); General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (J B Hartle); Perturbative Quantum Field Theory (G Sterman); and other papers. Readership: Researchers in mathematics and theoretical physics.

The Promise of Trinitarian Theology

Author: Elmer M. Colyer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Religion

Page: 355

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Thomas F. Torrance is considered by many to be the most outstanding living Reformed theologian in the Anglo-Saxon world. In The Promise of Trinitarian Theology, Elmer M. Colyer presents a collection of essays critiquing Torrance's work. It explores his place in Reformed theology and his relation to the Greek fathers. Both everyday life and scientific understanding are discussed in the essays within. The Promise of Trinitarian Theology is a hopeful step engaging the works of T. F. Torrance and the theology behind his words.

Toward a Theology of Scientific Endeavour

Author: Christopher B. Kaiser

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.


Category: Religion

Page: 261

View: 662

This book explores four foundations of scientific endeavour - the cosmos, human intelligence, cultural beliefs, and technological structures - and investigates some of the paradoxes each of them raises. The concurrent study of all four together reveals several tensions and interconnections among them that point the way to a greater unification of faith and science.Kaiser shows that the resolution of these paradoxes inevitably leads us into theological discourse and raises new challenges for theological endeavour. In order to address these challenges, Kaiser draws on the wider resources of the Judeo-Christian tradition and argues for a refocusing of contemporary theology from the perspective of natural science.

The Handy Math Answer Book

Author: Patricia Barnes-Svarney

Publisher: Visible Ink Press


Category: Mathematics

Page: 528

View: 681

From modern-day challenges such as balancing a checkbook, following the stock market, buying a home, and figuring out credit card finance charges to appreciating historical developments by Pythagoras, Archimedes, Newton, and other mathematicians, this engaging resource addresses more than 1,000 questions related to mathematics. Organized into chapters that cluster similar topics in an easily accessible format, this reference provides clear and concise explanations about the fundamentals of algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, and other branches of mathematics. It contains the latest mathematical discoveries, including newly uncovered historical documents and updates on how science continues to use math to make cutting-edge innovations in DNA sequencing, superstring theory, robotics, and computers. With fun math facts and illuminating figures, The Handy Math Answer Book explores the uses of math in everyday life and helps the mathematically challenged better understand and enjoy the magic of numbers.

The Mind of Leibniz

Author: Kurt von S. Kynell



Category: Philosophy

Page: 313

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This volume attempts to resolve the century old dispute between Newton and Leibniz over the discovery of the calculus, and also explores both the mind and the life long research of Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, documenting his phenomenal mathematical and philosophical research, as well as the apparent nature and possible origins of genius and human intelligence.

DNA of Mathematics

Author: Dr. Mehran Basti

Publisher: FriesenPress


Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 870

For Dr. Basti, the explanation is straightforward though not simple: "Just as cells have dna, so mathematics has DNA in its structure." After years of research, he decided that his work had to contain a strong philosophical justification in order to stand the test of time. Part memoir and part manifesto, DNA of Mathematics introduces Mehran Basti's readers to both the research he has dedicated his career to and his personal background and beliefs which significantly impact his scientific work.