ISBN 9781846681998,The Great Mathematical Problems

The Great Mathematical Problems

Author:

Ian Stewart

Publisher:

Profile Books

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ISBN 9781846681998
Publisher

Profile Books

Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781846681998

ISBN-10 1846681995
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Mathematics

There are some mathematical problems whose significance goes beyond the ordinary - like Fermat's Last Theorem or Goldbach's Conjecture - they are the enigmas which define mathematics. The Great Mathematical Problems explains why these problems exist, why they matter, what drives mathematicians to incredible lengths to solve them and where they stand in the context of mathematics and science as a whole. It contains solved problems - like the Poincare Conjecture, cracked by the eccentric genius Grigori Perelman, who refused academic honours and a million-dollar prize for his work, and ones which, like the Riemann Hypothesis, remain baffling after centuries. Stewart is the guide to this mysterious and exciting world, showing how modern mathematicians constantly rise to the challenges set by their predecessors, as the great mathematical problems of the past succumb to the new techniques and ideas of the present.
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