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"[Stewart] shows that he is not only a polymath in the sense that he is a master of all fields of mathematics, but also in his comprehension of physics, astronomy, and cosmology...[In Calculating the Cosmos] he effectively shows that time and technology will evolve ever better calculations of the cosmos."—Kirkus Reviews

"In Calculating the Cosmos Ian Stewart elegantly reviews the uncanny effectiveness of mathematics in explaining the universe.... Mr. Stewart beautifully describes how Newton's laws can still produce surprising results."—

Wall Street Journal

"Ian Stewart covers the long story of our beloved
cosmos wearing mathematical glasses, and we can only be thankful that he has
been our guide in this journey."—Marco Moriconi, NYTimes.com

"A fascinating tour, seamlessly spliced and
historically contextualized."—Nature

"Stewart's wry sense of humor adds to this informative
yet entertaining read.... Highly recommended for science readers who are up for a
challenge."—Library Journal

"Like most of
Stewart's books, this one has much to recommend it."—Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews

"In his accessible and engaging style, Stewart uses
math to describe the architecture of space and time; dark matter and dark
energy; how galaxies, stars, and planets form; why stars implode; how
everything began; and how it's all going to end."—Publishers Weekly, Fall Announcements

"In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart
offers readers a marvelous, behind-the-scenes look, from a mathematician's
perspective, at how science is able to perform its magic. With compelling,
crystal-clear prose, laced with delightful analogies, Stewart brings the
calculations behind astronomy and other scientific fields to life. With Stewart's
excellent guide to the cosmos in hand, everything does compute--splendidly
adding up to a fun, fascinating read."—Paul Halpern, author of Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat

Calculating the Cosmos

How Mathematics Unveils the Universe

By (author) Ian Stewart

Mathematics has informed our understanding of the cosmos on every scale: from the origin and motion of the Moon, to the intricacies of asteroids, comets, and Kuiper Belt objects. Math has taught us how interactions with Jupiter can fling asteroids toward Mars, and how a planet's rings can spit out moons. In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart takes us on an astonishing journey—from the formation of the Earth and its Moon, to the planets and asteroids of the solar system, and from there out into the galaxy and the universe. He describes the architecture of space and time; dark matter and dark energy; how galaxies, stars, and planets form; why stars implode; how everything began; and how it's all going to end.

In his characteristically accessible and engaging style, Stewart uses math to explain our extraordinary universe and our place within it.
Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He has written over seventy books, many of which are popular accounts of science and mathematics. His writing has appeared in New Scientist, Discover,Scientific American, and many newspapers in the United States and the United Kingdom. He lives in Coventry, England.

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