Math equations that changed the world

There is a story behind every equation and the very best of those equations have helped us to understand and shape our world. Ian Stewart has just written a book about 17 equations that he says changed the world.



Part Two of The Current

Math equations that changed the world - Ian Stewart

Dancing to Multiplication Rock is about as much fun as most people ever have with equations. Even an energetic performer like Danny Kaye could wring only so much entertainment out of the rules of geometry.

For many of us, math is as remote as the ancient Greeks and as dry as chalk dust. But as my next guest points out, the entire modern world - its technology, its transport, its buildings and its economy is all woven together by mathematical equations.

Ian Stewart is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University and the author of more than twenty books about the world of numbers. His new book is called In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World, and as part of our Game Changer project, Ian Stewart joined us from a studio in Coventry, England.

* And we apologize for running out of time before we could talk about e = mc(squared).

This segment was produced by The Current's Chris Wodskou.

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