The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden



Bartel Leendert van der Waerden made major contributions to algebraic geometry, abstract algebra, quantum mechanics, and other fields. He liberally published on the history of mathematics. His 2-volume work Modern Algebra is one of the most influential and popular mathematical books ever written. It is therefore surprising that no monograph has been dedicated to his life and work. Van der Waerden’s record is complex. In attempting to understand his life, the author assembled thousands of…

Virtual Billions: The Genius, the Drug Lord, and the Ivy League Twins Behin…



Bitcoin, the digital currency, was introduced in 2009 with little fanfare; five years later, shocking the world, it was worth $14 billion. This book explores the cyber currency by focusing on the remarkable stories and intriguing personalities ofthose responsible for its sudden success: Satoshi Nakamoto, the reclusive and anonymous genius who created Bitcoin; Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, administrator of the largest and most successful Dark Web drug superstore, using Bitcoin…

Naked Ape, Naked Boss: The Man Behind the Singapore Zoo and the world’s fir…



Bernard Harrison is credited for having shaped Singapore’s most attractive and iconic leisure destinations – the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. For nearly 30 years he was intimately involved and engaged with the transformation and creative developments of these nature parks. This book explores Harrison’s journey and focuses on the critical phases which served as moments of reckoning. How easy was it for this passionate and determined man who couldn’t and wouldn’t take “no” for an answer…

‘Student’: A Statistical Biography of William Sealy Gosset



William Sealy Gosset is known to all statisticians and users of statistics by “student” his pseudonym best remembered in the student t-test. This volume, based on his statistical correspondence, is a biographical account of his life and work which, through his collaboration with R.A.Fisher and Karl and Egon Pearson, came to fundamentally influence the development of modern statistical thinking. It will provide insight into the ferment of statistical ideas discussed by Gosset and his…

The Physics of Rubber Elasticity (Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Scie…



This book provides a critical review of the equilibrium elastic properties of rubber, together with the kinetic-theory background. It is suitable for the non-specialist and the emphasis is on the physical reality embodied in the mathmatical formulations. Polymer science had developed greatly since the second edition of this text in 1958, and the two main advances – the refinements of the network theory and associated thermodynamic analysis, and the development of the phenomenological or…

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