"Casti is one of the great science writers." -San Francisco Examiner "Casti's gift is to be able to let the nonmathematical reader share in his understanding of the beauty of a good theory." -Christian Science Monitor Following up the acclaimed Five Golden Rules, another quintet of gleaming math discoveries With Five More Golden Rules, readers are treated to another fascinating set of theoretical gems from acclaimed popular science author John Casti. Injecting all-new ingredients into his trademark recipe of real-world examples, historical anecdotes, and straightforward explanations, Casti once again brings math to thrilling life. All who enjoyed the unique pleasures of the original will love this follow-up survey highlighting the creme de la creme of math in the last century. Explores how knot theory informs the classic tale of Alexander the Great and the Gordian Knot Considers how the Shannon Coding Theory applies to decoding the human genome John L. Casti, PhD (Santa Fe, NM), a resident member of the Santa Fe Institute, is a professor at the Technical University of Vienna and the author of Would-Be Worlds (Wiley) and Cambridge Quintet.
Table of Contents
The Alexander Polynomial: Knot Theory. The Hopf Bifurcation Theorem: Dynamical System Theory. The Kalman Filter: Control Theory. The Hahn-Banach Theorem: Functional Analysis. The Shannon Coding Theorem: Information Theory. References. Index.