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- Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 29.95
What does quilting have to do with electric circuit theory? The answer is just one of the fascinating ways that best-selling popular math writer Paul Nahin illustrates the deep interplay of math and physics in the world around us in his latest book of challenging mathematical puzzles, Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt . With his trademark combination... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 19.95
I used to think math was no fun 'Cause I couldn't see how it was done Now Euler's my hero For I now see why zero Equals e [pi] i +1 --Paul Nahin, electrical engineer In the mid-eighteenth century, Swiss-born mathematician Leonhard Euler developed a formula so innovative and complex that it continues to inspire research, discussion, and even... more...
- 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...
- 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...