Table of Contents for In Pursuit of the Unknown : 17 Equations That Changed the World


Why Equations? viii
1 The squaw on the hippopotamus
Pythagoras's Theorem
1(20)
2 Shortening the proceedings
Logarithms
21(14)
3 Ghosts of departed quantities
Calculus
35(18)
4 The system of the world
Newton's Law of Gravity
53(20)
5 Portent of the ideal world
The Square Root of Minus One
73(16)
6 Much ado about knotting
Euler's Formula for Polyhedra
89(18)
7 Patterns of chance
Normal Distribution
107(24)
8 Good vibrations
Wave Equation
131(18)
9 Ripples and blips
Fourier Transform
149(16)
10 The ascent of humanity
Navier-Stokes Equation
165(14)
11 Waves in the ether
Maxwell's Equations
179(16)
12 Law and disorder
Second Law of Thermodynamics
195(22)
13 One thing is absolute
Relativity
217(28)
14 Quantum weirdness
Schrodinger's Equation
245(20)
15 Codes, communications, and computers
Information Theory
265(18)
16 The imbalance of nature
Chaos Theory
283(12)
17 The Midas formula
Black-Scholes Equation
295(22)
Where Next? 317(4)
Notes 321(9)
Illustration Credits 330(1)
Index 331