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Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Alain Goriely

February 2018

ISBN: 9780198754046

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Applied mathematics plays a role in many different fields, especially the sciences and engineering. Goriely explains its nature and its relationship to pure mathematics, and through a variety of applications — such as mathematical modelling to predict the effects of climate change — he illustrates its power in tackling very practical problems.

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Applied mathematics plays a role in many different fields, especially the sciences and engineering. Goriely explains its nature and its relationship to pure mathematics, and through a variety of applications — such as mathematical modelling to predict the effects of climate change — he illustrates its power in tackling very practical problems.

  • Introduces applied mathematics, and explains its relationship with pure mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Explores the role of applied mathematics within science and society, and discusses the range of its uses
  • Illustrates the far-reaching potential of the field through historical examples and current applications
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Alain Goriely, Professor of Mathematical Modelling, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Shortly after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Brussels, Alain Goriely joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. In 2010, he moved to the University of Oxford as the Chair of Mathematical Modelling. He is currently the Director of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. At the scientific level, he is an applied mathematician with broad interests in mathematics, mechanics, sciences, and engineering, which led him to collaborate closely with researchers from many disciplines. His current research includes the mechanics of biological growth and its applications to plants and physiology; the modelling of new photovoltaic devices; the foundations of elasticity; the modelling of cancer; the mechanics of the human brain; and more generally the development of mathematical methods for applied sciences.

Table of Contents

    1: What's so Funny 'bout Applied Mathematics? Modelling, Theory, and Methods
    2: Do You Want to Know a Secret? Turkeys, Giants, and the Atomic Bomb
    3: Do You Believe in Models? Simplicity and Complexity
    4: Do You Know the Way to Solve Equations? Spinning Tops and Chaotic Rabbits
    5: What's the Frequency, Kenneth? Waves, Quakes, and Solitons
    6: Can You Picture That? X-rays, DNA, and Photos
    7: Mathematics, What is it Good for? Quaternions, Knots, and more DNA
    8: Where are We Going? Networks and the Brain
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Easy to read and engaging." - Frost Magazine

"a compact ... pocket book that is entertaining to read" - Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society

"What a marvelous little book! With snappy writing, illuminating graphics, fascinating examples, unconventional insights, and goofy humor, Alain Goriely conveys what modern applied mathematics truly is and why it matters." - Professor Steven Strogatz, Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Cornell University