By Robert P. Crease

ISBN-10: 039306204X

ISBN-13: 9780393062045

Thinker and technology historian Robert P. Crease tells the tales in the back of ten of the best equations in human historical past. used to be Nobel laureate Richard Feynman rather joking whilst he referred to as Maxwell's electromagnetic equations the main major occasion of the 19th century? How did Newton's legislation of gravitation impression younger revolutionaries? Why has Euler's formulation been known as "God's equation," and why did a mysterious ecoterrorist make it his calling card? What position do betrayal, madness, and suicide play within the moment legislations of thermodynamics?

The nice Equations tells the tales of the way those equations have been stumbled on, revealing the non-public struggles in their creative originators. From "1 + 1 = 2" to Heisenberg's uncertainty precept, Crease locates those equations within the panoramic sweep of Western heritage, displaying how they're as vital to their time and position of production as are nice artistic endeavors.

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