Applied mathematics : a very short introduction / Alain Goriely.
- First edition.
- Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
- Very short introductions ; 555.
Very short introductions ; 555
xxv, 141 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
- Mathematics -- Popular works.
- Applied mathematics plays a major role in the sciences and in engineering, where it enhances our ability to use models and handle data. While pure mathematics mostly focuses on abstract structures, applied mathematics provides a tool for understanding and tackling a multitude of practical problems, such as medical imaging and neuroscience. Here, Alain Goriely explains the nature of applied mathematics, and discusses its early achievements in physics adn engineering, and its development as a separate field after World War II. Using historical examples, and current applications and challenges, Goriely illustrates the role that mathematics plays in the modern sciences today, and its far-reaching potential.
- What's so funny 'bout applied mathematics? Modelling, theory, and methods
Do you want to know a secret? Turkeys, giants, and atomic bombs
Do you believe in models? Simplicity and complexity
Do you know the way to solve equations? Spinning tops and chaotic rabbits
What's the frequency, Kenneth? Waves, quakes, and solitons
Can you picture that? X-rays, DNA, and photos
Mathematics, what is it good for? Quaternions, knots and more DNA
Where are we going? Networks and the brain.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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