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Mathematics and the Unexpected

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Publisher Comments:

"Not the least unexpected thing about Mathematics and the Unexpected is that a real mathematician should write not just a literate work, but a literary one."and#8212;Ian Stewart, New Scientist

"In this brief, elegant treatise, assessable to anyone who likes to think, Ivar Ekelund explains some philosophical implications of recent mathematics. He examines randomness, the geometry involved in making predictions, and why general trends are easy to project (it will snow in January) but particulars are practically impossible (it will snow from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 21st)."and#8212;Village Voice

Synopsis:

In this brief, elegant treatise, accessible to anyone who likes to think, Ivar Ekeland explains some philosophical implications of recent mathematics.

About the Author

Ivar Ekeland is president of Université Paris—Dauphine and founder of the Centre de Récherche de mathématiques de la décision. He is the author of several books on mathematics.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Felix E. Browder

Introduction

1. The Music of the Spheres

The Marvel of Kepler's Laws

Celestial Mechanics

Classical Determinism

2. The Shattered Crystal

The Impossible Calculations

Poincarand#233;'s Contribution

Deterministic but Random

Unstable but Stable

3. The Comeback of Geometry

A Word of Warning

Dissipative Systems

Catastrophes

Theory

A Critique

4. Back to the Beginning

Appendix 1. Prelude and Fugue on a Theme by Poincarand#233;

Appendix 2. The Feigenbaum Bifurcation

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226199900
Foreword:
Browder, Felix E.
Author:
Browder, Felix E.
Foreword by:
Browder, Felix E.
Foreword:
Browder, Felix E.
Author:
Ekeland, Ivar
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Catastrophes (mathematics)
Subject:
Catastrophes
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
19900131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones
Pages:
154
Dimensions:
8.08x5.29x.40 in. .30 lbs.

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