Approximating Perfection: A Mathematician’s Journey into the by L. P. Lebedev;Michael J. Cloud

By L. P. Lebedev;Michael J. Cloud

This is a ebook if you happen to get pleasure from puzzling over how and why Nature will be defined utilizing mathematical instruments. Approximating Perfection considers the history at the back of mechanics in addition to the mathematical rules that play key roles in mechanical applications.

focusing on the types of utilized mechanics, the publication engages the reader within the different types of nuts-and-bolts issues which are mostly shunned in formal engineering classes: how and why types stay imperfect, and the criteria that inspired their improvement. the hole bankruptcy stories and reconsiders the fundamentals of calculus from an absolutely utilized viewpoint; next chapters discover chosen themes from reliable mechanics, hydrodynamics, and the normal sciences.

Emphasis is put on the common sense that underlies modeling in mechanics and the various fantastic parallels that exist among doubtless different parts. The mathematical calls for at the reader are stored to a minimal, so the e-book will attract a large technical audience.

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This book is not a textbook on engineering mechanics, although it does contain topics from mechanics, the strength of materials, and elasticity. It considers the background behind mechanics, some aspects of calculus, and other portions of mathematics that play key roles in applications. The logic that underlies modeling in mechanics is its real emphasis. The book is, however, intended to be useful to anyone who must deal with modeling issues — even in such areas as biology. Students and experts alike may discover explanations that serve to justify routine actions, or that offer a better view of particular problems in their areas of interest.

In the Elements, even quadratic equations were solved through the use of geometrical transformations. This book was the standard of mathematicians for many years, and modern students who dislike similar logical constructions may consider themselves victims of the ancient Greeks. Today, mathematics remains at the center of science. But it has developed along with everything else. Arguments considered rigorous by the ancient Greeks are sometimes considered to be flimsy nowadays. In 1899, an attempt was made to construct an absolutely rigorous geometry.

And this we actually cannot do, but we can calculate the value of to within any desired accuracy. We can find as many decimal digits of this number as we wish, but can never state its exact value except by giving the label . Irrational numbers are not exceptional cases. In higher mathematics, it is shown that the situation is just the opposite: rational numbers are the exceptions, and in a certain technical sense the number of rationals is negligible in comparison with the number of irrationals.

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