Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019
A magisterial history of calculus (and the people behind it) from one of the world’s foremost mathematicians.
This is the captivating story of mathematics’ greatest ever idea: calculus. Without it, there would be no computers, no microwave ovens, no GPS, and no space travel. But before it gave modern man almost infinite powers, calculus was behind centuries of controversy, competition, and even death.
Taking us on a thrilling journey through three millennia, professor Steven Strogatz charts the development of this seminal achievement from the days of Archimedes to today’s breakthroughs in chaos theory and artificial intelligence. Filled with idiosyncratic characters from Pythagoras to Fourier, Infinite Powers is a compelling human drama that reveals the legacy of calculus on nearly every aspect of modern civilisation, including science, politics, medicine, philosophy, and much besides.
Schadenfreude – enjoying the pain and failures of others – is an all-too-famil- iar feeling. It has perplexed philosophers and psychologists for centuries but, in a time of polarised politics, twitter trolls and ‘sidebars of shame’, has never been more relevant. Recent studies have shown that we smile more at a rival’s loss than at […]149 SEK
Mind - Psychology - Self-Help & Personal Development
The Source: Open Your Mind, Change Your Life
Self-help books like The Secret promise that we can tap into the ‘law of attraction’ to control our destiny, simply by changing our thoughts. If we strip away the mystique, at the heart of this idea is a fundamental truth that is backed up by the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience: most of the things we […]175 SEK
Nature - Non Fiction - Science & Medicine
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Den världsberömda kosmologen och författaren till Kosmos: En kort historik ger oss sina sista tankar om universums största gåtor. Hur uppstod universum? Kommer mänskligheten att överleva? Finns intelligent liv utanför vårt solsystem? Kommer den artificiella intelligensen bli smartare än vi? Stephen Hawking hade innan han gick bort i mars 2018 tagit positionen som vår tids […]159 SEK
Mind - Psychology
The Courage to be Happy
The sequel to the global bestseller The Courage To Be Disliked, the Japanese phenomenon in applying twentieth-century psychology to contemporary dilemmas continues with life-changing advice on finding happiness. In The Courage To Be Happy, Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga again distil their wisdom into simple yet profound advice to show us how we, too, can […]159 SEK