Mathematics forms bridges between knowledge, tradition, and contemporary life.
The continuous development and growth of its many branches, both classical and modern, permeates and fertilizes all aspects of applied science and technology, and so has a vital impact on our modern society. The book will focus on these aspects and will benefit from the contribution of several world-famous scientists from mathematics and related sciences, such as: Ralph Abraham, Andrew Crumey, Peter Markowich, Claudio Procesi, Clive Ruggles, Ismail Serageldin, Amin Shokrollahi, Tobias Wallisser.
The misuse of mathematics.- Mathematics and literature.- Applied partial differential equations: visualization by photography.- The spirit of algebra.- Theory and applications of Raptor codes.- Other geometries in architecture: bubbles, knots and minimal surfaces.- Soft matter: mathematical models of smart materials.- Soap films and soap bubbles: from Plateau to the olympic swimming pool in Beijing.- Games suggest how to define rational behavior. Surprising aspects of interactive decision theory.- Archaeoastronomy at Giza: the ancient Egyptians' mathematical astronomy in action.- Mathematics and food: a tasty binomium.- Detecting structural complexity: from visiometrics to genomics and brain research.- Recreative mathematics: soldiers, eggs and a pirate crew.- Mathematical magic and society.- Little Tom Thumb among cells: seeking the cues of life.- Adam's Pears.- Mathematics enters the picture.- Multi-physics models for bio-hybrid device simulation.- Stress detection: a sonic approach.- Vulnerability to climate change: mathematics as a language to clarify concepts.