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Chats in the Stacks: Steven Strogatz on Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 4:00pm

Mann Library, Room 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Calculus, the mathematical study of continuous change, underpins some of the most fundamental and miraculous achievements of humankind, from determining the area of a circle to enabling innovations in modern medicine, computing, and space travel. It can also illuminate the patterns of the universe, according to Steven Strogatz.

In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Strogatz will discuss Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), his book that was listed as a New York Times Best Seller this year. The Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Strogatz charts the thrilling multi-millennial history of calculus that’s filled with brutal competitions and glorious discoveries.

This book talk is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund for Mann Library. Light refreshments will be served.


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