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Five Equations That Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics (1995 original; edició 2000)

de Michael Guillen

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A Publishers Weekly best book of 1995! Dr. Michael Guillen, known to millions as the science editor of ABC's Good Morning America, tells the fascinating stories behind five mathematical equations. As a regular contributor to daytime's most popular morning news show and an instructor at Harvard University, Dr. Michael Guillen has earned the respect of millions as a clear and entertaining guide to the exhilarating world of science and mathematics. Now Dr. Guillen unravels the equations that have led to the inventions and events that characterize the modern world, one of which -- Albert Einstein's famous energy equation, E=mc2 -- enabled the creation of the nuclear bomb. Also revealed are the mathematical foundations for the moon landing, airplane travel, the electric generator -- and even life itself. Praised by Publishers Weekly as "a wholly accessible, beautifully written exploration of the potent mathematical imagination," and named a Best Nonfiction Book of 1995, the stories behind The Five Equations That Changed the World, as told by Dr. Guillen, are not only chronicles of science, but also gripping dramas of jealousy, fame, war, and discovery.… (més)
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Títol:Five Equations That Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics
Autors:Michael Guillen
Informació:MJF Books (2000), Hardcover, 277 pages
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This has got to be one of the best popular science book I've read in a while! My other favorite is a short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson.

I would highly recommend this book to all students of physics. The author gives a narrative account of the events that led up to the discovery of 5 important concepts in physics. His style of writing is poetic, accessible, and engaging. Instead of a factual account of each character, he weaved in bits of his interpretation of their personalities to make the book more interesting.

I enjoyed reading about how the inquiry of science evolved from ancient philosophers, and the historical events which led to the famous equations. ( )
  yamiyoghurt | Jan 29, 2018 |
La curiosità umana

Le 5 equazioni che hanno cambiato il mondo sono pure espressioni matematiche, che possono sembrare aride e fredde, ma una cosa fondamentale non bisogna mai dimenticare: sono state elaborate da uomini. L'autore ci porta in un viaggio nel tempo attraverso le vite di uomini geniali come Isaac Newton, Daniel Bernoulli, Michael Faraday, Rudolf Clausius e Albert Einstein. Professore ad Harvard, Guillen si dedica da tempo alla divulgazione scientifica rendendo questo testo scorrevole e per certi versi anche "romantico". Questi uomini di una umanità sconvolgente che vivevano una condizione umana non sempre avvolta dalla gloria (essere uomini di scienza godeva di poca o nulla considerazione) ma erano pervasi da una curiosità divorante per i misteri del mondo che li circondava. Quella curiosità che Einstein definiva "una piccola, delicata pianticella che ha soprattutto bisogno di libertà" e che ha portato rivoluzioni nelle nostre vite che, nel bene e nel male, distinguono l'uomo come una creatura dalle mille sfaccettature e capacità.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
Outstanding book. An engrossing read from beginning to ( )
  Tatoosh | Apr 4, 2017 |
Great book covering pretty much every facet of science in wonderful language, all while pursuing five of the most important equations in the modern world. Read this. ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
A great layman's introduction to the most important scientific theories of our time. ( )
  zguba | Apr 25, 2014 |
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A Publishers Weekly best book of 1995! Dr. Michael Guillen, known to millions as the science editor of ABC's Good Morning America, tells the fascinating stories behind five mathematical equations. As a regular contributor to daytime's most popular morning news show and an instructor at Harvard University, Dr. Michael Guillen has earned the respect of millions as a clear and entertaining guide to the exhilarating world of science and mathematics. Now Dr. Guillen unravels the equations that have led to the inventions and events that characterize the modern world, one of which -- Albert Einstein's famous energy equation, E=mc2 -- enabled the creation of the nuclear bomb. Also revealed are the mathematical foundations for the moon landing, airplane travel, the electric generator -- and even life itself. Praised by Publishers Weekly as "a wholly accessible, beautifully written exploration of the potent mathematical imagination," and named a Best Nonfiction Book of 1995, the stories behind The Five Equations That Changed the World, as told by Dr. Guillen, are not only chronicles of science, but also gripping dramas of jealousy, fame, war, and discovery.

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