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Book: The World According to Wavelets

The World According to Wavelets:
The Story of a Mathematical Technique in the Making

by Barbara Burke Hubbard
1996, ISBN 1-56881-047-4, Hardcover, 264 pp., $34.00
available from A K Peters, Ltd., http://www.tiac.net/users/akpeters

Written for a general audience this book tells the story of the
meteoric rise of a new mathematical field from its scattered
beginnings a decade ago to its current status as a hot topic cutting
across traditional scientific boundaries. The material is masterfully
organized so mathematical details can be assimilated at one's own
pace; the main text is devoid of formulas and relates a story of
people and ideas, while separate boxes and appendices contain
intricate discussions for the more mathematically adventurous. The
book just won the Prix d'Alembert, given by the Societe Mathematique
de France.

"This book exists on two levels: a first level of scientific
information which is clear, lively, and well evoked, and a second
level, much deeper, where the author tries to show us how scientists
think and hesitate. There I find that she has created a very original
work and one which may encourage a younger generation to embrace
scientific voations. She has made the scientific life lively and
accessible."

Yves Meyer

"Barbara Burke Hubbard's excellent book explains how a part of modern
mathematics has contributed to modern technology, in words that show
the pure delight of new discovery. ... The books organization welcomes
readers regardless of mathematical preparation. The main section
focuses on the history and some of the personalities that developed
wavelet technology. Embedded in this are hypertext-like links to the
appendices which explain the mathematical details of wavelets and why
they have at once solved a diverse set of problems."

M. V. Wickerhauser


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