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In In Pursuit of the Unknown, the author uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart - but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history.
The 17 Equations That Changed The Course Of Humanity
Mathematician Ian Stewart’s recent book “In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World
” takes a close look at some of the most important equations of all time.
A great example of the human impact of math is the financial crisis. Black Scholes, number 17 on this list, is a derivative pricing equation that played a role.
“It’s actually a fairly simple equation, mathematically speaking,” Professor Stewart told Business Insider. “What caused trouble was the complexity of the system the mathematics was intended to model.”