Eight Great Problems That Reveal the Limits of Science
By (author) A. K. Dewdney
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Beyond Reason by A. K. Dewdney
Book DescriptionA mind-bending excursion to the limits of science and mathematics Are some scientific problems insoluble? In Beyond Reason, internationally acclaimed math and science author A. K. Dewdney answers this question by examining eight insurmountable mathematical and scientific roadblocks that have stumped thinkers across the centuries, from ancient mathematical conundrums such as "squaring the circle," first attempted by the Pythagoreans, to G?del's vexing theorem, from perpetual motion to the upredictable behavior of chaotic systems such as the weather. A. K. Dewdney, PhD (Ontario, Canada), was the author of Scientific American's "Computer Recreations" column for eight years. He has written several critically acclaimed popular math and science books, including A Mathematical Mystery Tour (0-471-40734-8); Yes, We Have No Neutrons (0-471-29586-8); and 200% of Nothing (0-471-14574-2).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780471013983
(238mm x 164mm x 20mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author A. K. Dewdney
Planiverse, Paperback (October 2000)
AK Dewdney is well known for his columns in "Scientific American magazine", as well as his Copernicus book, "Hungry Hollow".
Hungry Hollow, Hardback (August 1998)
Starting with a description of a small piece of land called Hungry Hollow, this title introduces us to its denizens. It guides through the many dimensions of our natural habitat, back into prehistoric time and inward to a teeming microscopic world full of strange creatures performing bizarre feats.
200 Per Cent of Nothing, Paperback (March 1996)» View all books by A. K. Dewdney
Acclaim for "In today's world, 'innumeracy' is an even greater danger than illiteracy, and is perhaps even more common. Advertisers and politicians exploit it; intellectuals (self-styled) even flaunt it. I hope that this wise and witty book will provide cures where they are possible, and warnings where they are necessary.
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Author Biography - A. K. Dewdney
A.K. DEWDNEY, PH.D., is the author of several critically acclaimed math and science books, including A Mathematical Mystery Tour; Yes, We have No Neutrons; and 200% of Nothing, all from Wiley. He was a member of the computer science department at the university of Western Ontario and at the university of Waterloo for a combined period of thirty years before retiring. In 1996, he became an adjunct professor of biology at UWO. For eight years, Dewdney was the computer Recreations columnist for Scientific American magazine.
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