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Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe


Author: Steven Strogatz

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Publish Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN-10: 1328879984

Pages: 384

File Type: EPub

Language: English

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Book Preface

Without calculus, we wouldn’t have cell phones, computers, or microwave ovens. We wouldn’t have radio. Or television. Or ultrasound for expectant mothers, or GPS for lost travelers. We wouldn’t have split the atom, unraveled the human genome, or put astronauts on the moon. We might not even have the Declaration of Independence.

Calculus for Everyone

Feynman’s quip about God’s language raises many profound questions. What is calculus? How did humans figure out that God speaks it (or, if you prefer, that the universe runs on it)? What are differential equations and what have they done for the world, not just in Newton’s time but in our own? Finally, how can any of these stories and ideas be conveyed enjoyably and intelligibly to readers of goodwill like Herman Wouk, a very thoughtful, curious, knowledgeable person with little background in advanced math?

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