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Nahin, Paul J.

Overview
Works: 37 works in 260 publications in 1 language and 14,116 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography 
Classifications: QA255, 511.66
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Most widely held works by Paul J Nahin
When Least Is Best How Mathematicians Discovered Many Clever Ways to Make Things as Small (or as Large) as Possible by Paul J Nahin ( )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 2,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 examples, Paul J. Nahin answers these intriguing questions and more in this engaging and witty volume. He shows how life often works at the extremes--with values becoming as small (or as large) as possible--and how mathematicians over the centuri
An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of minus one] by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
33 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 this book, the author tells the 2000 year old history of one of mathematics' most elusive numbers, the square root of minus one, also known as i, re-creating the baffling mathematical problems that conjured it up and the colorful characters who tried to solve them. In 1878, when two brothers stole a mathematical papyrus from the ancient Egyptian burial site in the Valley of Kings, they led scholars to the earliest known occurrence of the square root of a negative number. The papyrus offered a specific numerical example of how to calculate the volume of a truncated square pyramid, which implied the need for i. In the first century, the mathematician-engineer Heron of Alexandria encountered i in a separate project, but fudged the arithmetic. Medieval mathematicians stumbled upon the concept while grappling with the meaning of negative numbers, but dismissed their square roots as nonsense. By the time of Descartes, a theoretical use for these elusive square roots, now called "imaginary numbers", was suspected, but efforts to solve them led to intense, bitter debates. The notorious i finally won acceptance and was put to use in complex analysis and theoretical physics in Napoleonic times. Addressing readers with both a general and scholarly interest in mathematics, the author weaves into this narrative entertaining historical facts, mathematical discussions, and the application of complex numbers and functions to important problems, such as Kepler's laws of planetary motion and ac electrical circuits. This book can be read as an engaging history, almost a biography, of one of the most evasive and pervasive "numbers" in all of mathematics
Dr. Euler's fabulous formula : cures many mathematical ills by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
19 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 1,827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the story of the formula - zero equals e[pi] i+1 long regarded as the gold standard for mathematical beauty. This book shows why it still lies at the heart of complex number theory. It discusses many sophisticated applications of complex numbers in pure and applied mathematics, and to electronic technology
Chases and escapes the mathematics of pursuit and evasion by Paul J Nahin ( )
14 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ideal both for self-study and as supplemental readings by students and/or professors in any of the mathematical and physical sciences, this text presents the historical development of the differential equations of pursuit theory
Time machines : time travel in physics, metaphysics, and science fiction by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
17 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Digital dice : computational solutions to practical probability problems by Paul J Nahin ( )
22 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Duelling idiots and other probability puzzlers by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
18 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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 array of speculative situations. Games of Russian roulette, problems involving the accumulation of insects on flypaper, and strategies for determining the odds of the underdog winning the World Series all reveal intriguing dimensions to the workings of probability. Over the years, Nahin, a veteran writer and teacher of the subject, has collected these and other favorite puzzles designed to instruct and entertain math enthusiasts of all backgrounds." "Written in an informal way and containing a plethora of interesting historical material, Duelling Idiots is ideal for those who are fascinated by mathematics and the role it plays in everyday life and in our imaginations."--Jacket
Mrs. Perkins's electric quilt : and other intriguing stories of mathematical physics by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a series of brief and largely self-contained chapters, Nahin discusses a wide range of topics in which math and physics are mutually dependent and mutually illuminating, from Newtonian gravity and Newton's laws of mechanics to ballistics, air drag, and electricity. The mathematical subjects range from algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus to differential equations, Fourier series, and theoretical and Monte Carlo probability. --from publisher description
The science of radio by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
12 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The logician and the engineer : how George Boole and Claude Shannon created the information age by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 the Engineer , best-selling popular math writer Paul Nahin combines engaging problems and a colorful historical narrative to tell the remarkable story of how two men in different eras--mathematician and philosopher George Boole (1815-1864) and electrical engineer and pioneering information theorist Claude Shannon (1916-2001)--advanced Boolean logic and became founding fathers of the electronic communications age. Presenting the dual biographies of Boole and Shannon, Nahin examines the history of Boole's innovative ideas, and considers how they led to Shannon's groundbreaking work on electrical relay circuits and information theory. Along the way, Nahin presents logic problems for readers to solve and talks about the contributions of such key players as Georg Cantor, Tibor Rado, and Marvin Minsky--as well as the crucial role of Alan Turing's "Turing machine"--In the development of mathematical logic and data transmission. Nahin takes readers from fundamental concepts to a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of how a modern digital machine such as the computer is constructed. Nahin also delves into the newest ideas in quantum mechanics and thermodynamics in order to explore computing's possible limitations in the twenty-first century and beyond. The Logician and the Engineer shows how a form of mathematical logic and the innovations of two men paved the way for the digital technology of the modern world
Number-crunching : taming unruly computational problems from mathematical physics to science fiction by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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 questions that best-selling popular math writer Paul Nahin tackles in Number-Crunching. Through brilliant math ideas and entertaining stories, Nahin demonstrates how odd and unusual math problems can be solved by bringing together basic physics ideas and today's powerful computers. Some of the outcomes discussed are so counterintuitive they will leave readers astonished. Nahin looks at how the art of number-crunching has changed since the advent of computers, and how high-speed technology helps to solve fascinating conundrums such as the three-body, Monte Carlo, leapfrog, and gambler's ruin problems. Along the way, Nahin traverses topics that include algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, number theory, differential equations, Fourier series, electronics, and computers in science fiction. He gives historical background for the problems presented, offers many examples and numerous challenges, supplies MATLAB codes for all the theories discussed, and includes detailed and complete solutions."--Publisher
Oliver Heaviside, sage in solitude : the life, work, and times of an electrical genius of the Victorian age by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
8 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Will you be alive 10 years from now? : and numerous other curious questions in probability : a collection of not so well-known mathematical mind-benders (with solutions, with one exception) by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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 and amusing historical anecdotes as well as an electrifying approach to solving puzzles that illustrates many of the techniques that mathematicians and scientists use to grapple with probability. He looks at classic puzzles from the past--from Galileo's dice-tossing problem to a disarming dice puzzle that would have astonished even Newton--and also includes a dozen challenge problems for you to tackle yourself, with complete solutions provided in the back of the book.Nahin then presents twenty-five unusual probability puzzlers that you aren't likely to find anywhere else, and which range in difficulty from ones that are easy but clever to others that are technically intricate. Each problem is accompanied by an entertaining discussion of its background and solution, and is backed up by theory and computer simulations whenever possible in order to show how theory and computer experimentation can often work together on probability questions. All the MATLAB Monte Carlo simulation codes needed to solve the problems computationally are included in the book. With his characteristic wit, audacity, and insight, Nahin demonstrates why seemingly simple probability problems can stump even the experts"--
Holy sci-fi! : where science fiction and religion intersect by Paul J Nahin ( )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 the fertile and sometimes uneasy relationship between science fiction and religion. With a scope spanning the history of religion, philosophy and literature, Nahin follows religious themes in science fiction from Feynman to Foucault and from Asimov to Aristotle. An intriguing journey through popular and well-loved books and stories, Holy Sci-Fi! shows how sci-fi has informed humanity's attitudes towards our faiths, our future and ourselves. -- Provided by publisher
Time travel by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Time travel : a writer's guide to the real science of plausible time travel by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Time travel in the pulps -- Special relativity and time travel in the future -- Time travel to the past -- Hyperspace -- Time as the fourth dimension -- The block universe -- When general relativity made time travel honest -- Paradoxes: changing the past, causal loops, and sex -- Time machines that physicists have already 'invented' -- Faster-than-light (FTL) into the past -- Quantum gravity, splitting universes, and time machines -- Reading the physics literature for story ideas
Oliver Heaviside : the life, work, and times of an electrical genius of the Victorian age by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now? And Numerous Other Curious Questions in Probability by Paul J Nahin ( )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 and amusing historical anecdotes as well as an electrifying approach to solving puzzles that illustrates many of the techniques that mathematicians and scientists use to grapple with probability. He looks at classic puzzles from the past--from Galil
An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of] - 1 by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wiskundige geschiedenis van de imaginaire eenheid (i), het complexe getal 0,1 vanaf de Egyptische oudheid. Een wiskundig probleem dat wiskundigen, elektrotechnici en ruimte- of luchtvaartkundigen op verschillende wijzen benaderd en bestudeerd hebben
Parrando's paradox and other probabilistic conundrums of everyday life : a collection of practical puzzlers analyzed with elementary MATLAB computer codes by Paul J Nahin ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Nahin, Paul
Nahin, Paul 1940-
ナーイン, ポール・J
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