Ian Stewart's book reflects on 17 popular equations in mathematics and physics literature, exploring their societal effects. Stewart provides a short history of technological wonders, peppered with colourful descriptions and anecdotes.
Stewart is a fellow of the Royal Society and an emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick in England. His core mathematical topics are Lie algebras and dynamical systems theory, as well as its links to chaos theory and biology. He is the best-selling author of many science books including Does God Play Dice? The New Mathematics of Chaos and Why Beauty Is Truth: A History of Symmetry.