The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny (Paperback)
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny (Paperback)
zoom

The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny (Paperback)

(author)
£10.50
Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 09/11/2007
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Optimists believe this is the best of all possible worlds. And pessimists fear that might really be the case. But what is the best of all possible worlds? How do we define it? This question has preoccupied philosophers and theologians for ages, but there was a time, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when scientists and mathematicians felt they could provide the answer. This book is their story. Ivar Ekeland here takes the reader on a journey through scientific attempts to envision the best of all possible worlds. He begins with the French physicist Maupertuis, whose least action principle, Ekeland shows, was a pivotal breakthrough in mathematics, because it was the first expression of the concept of optimization, or the creation of systems that are the most efficient or functional. Tracing the profound impact of optimization and the unexpected ways in which it has influenced the study of mathematics, biology, economics, and even politics, Ekeland reveals how the idea has driven some of our greatest intellectual breakthroughs. The result is a dazzling display of erudition - one that will be essential reading for popular-science buffs and historians of science alike.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226199955
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 15 mm

You may also be interested in...

Prediction
Added to basket
Game Theory
Added to basket
£63.99
Hardback
Economic Indeterminacy
Added to basket
Game Theory
Added to basket
£47.00
Hardback
Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
Games and Mathematics
Added to basket
The Art of Strategy
Added to basket
Game-Changer
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Introduction to Game Theory
Added to basket
Game Theory
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Game Theory and Economic Modelling
Added to basket
X and the City
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Numerical Optimization
Added to basket
Dynamic Economic Analysis
Added to basket
Game Theory
Added to basket
£59.95
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.