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  • An Imaginary Taleby 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...

  • Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quiltby Paul J. Nahin

    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...

  • Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formulaby Paul J. Nahin

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlersby Paul J. Nahin

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 18.95

    What are your chances of dying on your next flight, being called for jury duty, or winning the lottery? We all encounter probability problems in our everyday lives. In this collection of twenty-one puzzles, Paul Nahin challenges us to think creatively about the laws of probability as they apply in playful, sometimes deceptive, ways to a fascinating... more...

  • Chases and Escapesby 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...

  • Digital Diceby 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...