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  • When Least Is Bestby Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 27.95

    What is the best way to photograph a speeding bullet? Why does light move through glass in the least amount of time possible? How can lost hikers find their way out of a forest? What will rainbows look like in the future? Why do soap bubbles have a shape that gives them the least area? By combining the mathematical history of extrema with contemporary... more...

  • Chases and Escapes: The Mathematics of Pursuit and Evasionby Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 18.95

    We all played tag when we were kids. What most of us don't realize is that this simple chase game is in fact an application of pursuit theory, and that the same principles of games like tag, dodgeball, and hide-and-seek are also at play in military strategy, high-seas chases by the Coast Guard, and even romantic pursuits. In Chases and Escapes ,... more...

  • The Logician and the Engineerby Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use--from our computers and cars, to our kitchen gadgets and home appliances. How did a system of mathematics established in the Victorian era become the basis for such incredible technological achievements a century later? In The Logician and... more...

  • Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now?by Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 27.95

    What are the chances of a game-show contestant finding a chicken in a box? Is the Hanukkah dreidel a fair game? Will you be alive ten years from now? These are just some of the one-of-a-kind probability puzzles that acclaimed popular math writer Paul Nahin offers in this lively and informative book. Nahin brings probability to life with colorful... more...

  • Holy Sci-Fi!by Paul J. Nahin

    Springer 2014; US$ 19.99

    Can a computer have a soul Are religion and science mutually exclusive Is there really such a thing as free will If you could time travel to visit Jesus, would you (and should you) For hundreds of years, philosophers, scientists and science fiction writers have pondered these questions and many more.In Holy Sci-Fi!, popular writer Paul Nahin explores... more...

  • Inside Interesting Integralsby Paul J. Nahin

    Springer 2014; US$ 49.99

    What?s the point of calculating definite integrals since you can?t possibly do them all.What makes doing the specific integrals in this book of value aren?t the specific answers we?ll obtain, but rather the methods we?ll use in obtaining those answers; methods you can use for evaluating the integrals you will encounter in the future.This book is written... more...

  • Number-Crunchingby Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    How do technicians repair broken communications cables at the bottom of the ocean without actually seeing them? What's the likelihood of plucking a needle out of a haystack the size of the Earth? And is it possible to use computers to create a universal library of everything ever written or every photo ever taken? These are just some of the intriguing... more...

  • Digital Diceby Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 27.95

    Some probability problems are so difficult that they stump the smartest mathematicians. But even the hardest of these problems can often be solved with a computer and a Monte Carlo simulation, in which a random-number generator simulates a physical process, such as a million rolls of a pair of dice. This is what Digital Dice is all about: how to... more...

  • Digital Dice: Computational Solutions to Practical Probability Problemsby Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 18.95

    Some probability problems are so difficult that they stump the smartest mathematicians. But even the hardest of these problems can often be solved with a computer and a Monte Carlo simulation, in which a random-number generator simulates a physical process, such as a million rolls of a pair of dice. This is what Digital Dice is all about: how to... more...

  • An Imaginary Tale: The Story of i [the square root of minus one]by Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 16.95

    Today complex numbers have such widespread practical use--from electrical engineering to aeronautics--that few people would expect the story behind their derivation to be filled with adventure and enigma. In An Imaginary Tale , Paul Nahin tells the 2000-year-old history of one of mathematics' most elusive numbers, the square root of minus one, also... more...