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The Nature of Space and Time

by Stephen Hawking & Roger Penrose

Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. But was he right? Can the quantum theory of fields and Einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most...


The Little Book of String Theory

by Steven S. Gubser

The Little Book of String Theory offers a short, accessible, and entertaining introduction to one of the most talked-about areas of physics today. String theory has been called the "theory of everything." It...


Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"

by Andrew Hodges & Douglas Hofstadter

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British...


Small Unmanned Aircraft: Theory and Practice

by Randal W. Beard & Timothy W. McLain

Autonomous unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are critical to current and future military, civil, and commercial operations. Despite their importance, no previous textbook has accessibly introduced UAVs to students...


Einstein and Religion: Physics and Theology

by Max Jammer

The philosophy of religion and the quest for spiritual truth preoccupied Albert Einstein--so much that it has been said "one might suspect he was a disguised theologian." Nevertheless, the literature on the...


A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics

by Jean-Louis Tassoul & Monique Tassoul

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of ideas about the sun and the stars, from antiquity to modern times. Two theoretical astrophysicists who have been active in the field since the early...


The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014

by Mircea Pitici

This annual anthology brings together the year’s finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics...


John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy

by Julian Havil

John Napier (1550–1617) is celebrated today as the man who invented logarithms—an enormous intellectual achievement that would soon lead to the development of their mechanical equivalent in the slide rule:...


Launching Europe: An Ethnography of European Cooperation in Space Science

by Stacia E. Zabusky

In this first ethnographic study of the European Space Agency, Stacia Zabusky explores the complex processes involved in cooperation on space science missions in the contemporary context of European integration....


Weyl Group Multiple Dirichlet Series: Type A Combinatorial Theory (AM-175): Type A Combinatorial Theory (AM-175)

by Ben Brubaker, Daniel Bump & Solomon Friedberg

Weyl group multiple Dirichlet series are generalizations of the Riemann zeta function. Like the Riemann zeta function, they are Dirichlet series with analytic continuation and functional equations, having applications...


Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel

by Michael Hoskin

Discoverers of the Universe tells the gripping story of William Herschel, the brilliant, fiercely ambitious, emotionally complex musician and composer who became court astronomer to Britain's King George III,...


Digital Dice

by Paul J. Nahin

Some probability problems are so difficult that they stump the smartest mathematicians. But even the hardest of these problems can often be solved with a computer and a Monte Carlo simulation, in which a random-number...


Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain

by Timothy Verstynen & Bradley Voytek

Even if you’ve never seen a zombie movie or television show, you could identify an undead ghoul if you saw one. With their endless wandering, lumbering gait, insatiable hunger, antisocial behavior, and apparently...


Computational Aspects of Modular Forms and Galois Representations: How One Can Compute in Polynomial Time the Value of Ramanujan's Tau at a Prime (AM-

by Jean-Marc Couveignes, Bas Edixhoven & Robin de Jong

Modular forms are tremendously important in various areas of mathematics, from number theory and algebraic geometry to combinatorics and lattices. Their Fourier coefficients, with Ramanujan's tau-function as...


Impossible?: Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums

by Julian Havil

In Nonplussed!, popular-math writer Julian Havil delighted readers with a mind-boggling array of implausible yet true mathematical paradoxes. Now Havil is back with Impossible?, another marvelous medley of the...


The Search for Mathematical Roots, 1870-1940: Logics, Set Theories and the Foundations of Mathematics from Cantor through Russell to Godel

by I. Grattan-Guinness

While many books have been written about Bertrand Russell's philosophy and some on his logic, I. Grattan-Guinness has written the first comprehensive history of the mathematical background, content, and impact...


Rational Decisions

by Ken Binmore

It is widely held that Bayesian decision theory is the final word on how a rational person should make decisions. However, Leonard Savage--the inventor of Bayesian decision theory--argued that it would be ridiculous...


Hidden Markov Processes: Theory and Applications to Biology: Theory and Applications to Biology

by M. Vidyasagar

This book explores important aspects of Markov and hidden Markov processes and the applications of these ideas to various problems in computational biology. The book starts from first principles, so that no...


Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide

by Iain Campbell, Sam Woods & Nick Leseberg

Australia is home to a spectacular diversity of birdlife, from parrots and penguins to emus and vibrant passerines. Birds of Australia covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants...


Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking

by Michael Keevak

In their earliest encounters with Asia, Europeans almost uniformly characterized the people of China and Japan as white. This was a means of describing their wealth and sophistication, their willingness to trade...