It Must Be Beautiful
GREAT EQUATIONS OF MODERN SCIENCE
First published in the early spring of 2002, this collection of essays quickly became a science best-seller in the UK. Shortly afterwards, the book shot up the amazon.com charts overnight after an article about the book appeared in the New York Times.
The collection, edited by Graham, features pieces by leading scientists, historians and journalists about some of the great equations of twentieth-century science, including:
Igor Aleksander on Shannon’s equations
Peter Galison on E=mc2
Aisling Irwin on the Molina-Rowland chemical equations
Robert May on the logistic map
Arthur I. Miller on Schrodinger’s equation
Oliver Morton on the Drake equation
Roger Penrose on Einstein’s equations of gravity
John Maynard Smith on equations of evolutionary biology
Steven Weinberg on how great equations survive
Christine Sutton on the Yang-Mills equation
Frank Wilczek on the Dirac equation
Graham contributed a foreword, and an essay on the Planck-Einstein equation of quantum theory.