Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.91 in
Published: March 3, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0471322334
ISBN - 13: 9780471322337
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.
From the Publisher
"Casti is one of the great science writers." -San Francisco
"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
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.
From the Jacket
Critical Praise for Five Golden Rules "Five Golden Rules is caviar for the inquiring reader. . 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 "Casti is One of the great science writers of the 1990s. His new book ranges into exotic fields such as game theory (which played a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis) and topology (which explains how to turn a doughnut into a coffee cup, or vice versa). If you''d like to have fun while giving your brain a first-class workout, then check this book out." -San Francisco Examiner "I urge every reader of New Scientist to get this book." -New Scientist "This book has meat! It is solid fare, food for thought. . Casti''s Five Golden Rules makes math less forbidding and much more interesting." -Hartford Courant "With this volume, Casti has done more than his share of the professional duty of mathematicians. It is one more brick to be used in the construction of a mathematics that is cherished by all people." -Journal of Recreational Mathematics "An excellent exposition of five of the most interesting mathematical theories of the twentieth century that are still undergoing significant study." -Library Journal
About the Author
How did the classic tale of Alexander the Great influence the principal problem facing knot theorists today? What effect did the exalted Kalman filter have on space travel? How did the Shannon Coding Theory make mapping human DNA possible? In this brilliantly conceived follow-up to the highly acclaimed Five Golden Rules, popular science author John Casti treats us to another exhilarating quintet of theoretical gems to answer these and other intriguing questions. Hailed as one of the great science writers of our time, Casti reveals the remarkable origins of some of the most monumental mathematical discoveries of the last centuryûand sheds light on how these revolutionary ideas have reshaped our lives. Like its critically acclaimed predecessor, Five More Golden Rules takes us on a fascinating journey to the frontiers of modern mathematics, infusing a sometimes intimidating subject with an infectious energy that brings it to thrilling life. Casti draws on such diverse sources as Paul RevereÆs plot to warn his fellow patriots of the advancing enemy; the celebrated British play Art; the Greek legend of Gordius and Alexander the Great; the work of nineteenth-century poet William Blake; and a make-believe treasure hunt through New York CityÆs Central Park to illustrate the power and beauty of the five astonishing theories he illuminates. From explaining how knot theory is contributing to the development of new drugs to revealing how astronomers can predict planetary motions with the
From Our Editors
This book is the long awaited follow up to
the popular Five Golden Rules series.
Aptly titled, John L. Casti's Five
More Golden Rules: Knots, Codes, Chaos and Other Great Theories of
20th Century Mathematics looks at how the knot
theory is essential to understanding the classic story of Alexander
the Great and the Gordian Knot. Casti also looks
at how the Shannon Coding Theory relates to decoding the human
genome. Mathematics has never been more fascinating than it is in
this fabulous series.
"I would encourage anyone who would like to discover, or rediscover, the many delights of modern mathematics to read both this book and its predecessor. Jencks'' book is full of enjoyable insights and some impressive eccentricities..." (The Times Higher, September 2000)