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Number-crunching : taming unruly computational problems from mathematical physics to science fiction

Author: Paul J Nahin
Publisher: Princeton [N.J.] : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Problems and exercises
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul J Nahin
ISBN: 9780691144252 0691144257
OCLC Number: 694283129
Notes: "A collection of challenging problems in mathematical physics that roar like lions when attacked analytically, but which purr like kittens when confronted by a high-speed electronic computer and its powerful scientific software (plus some speculations for the future from science fiction)."
Description: xxvi, 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Feynman meets Fermat --
Just for fun : two quick number-crunching problems --
Computers and mathematical physics --
The astonishing problem of the hanging masses --
The three-body problem and computers --
Electrical circuit analysis and computers --
The leapfrog problem --
Science fiction : when computers become like us --
A cautionary epilogue.
Responsibility: Paul J. Nahin.

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Demonstrates how odd and unusual math problems can be solved by bringing together basic physics ideas and powerful computers. This title looks at how the art of number-crunching has changed since the  Read more...

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"Great stories. Interesting and challenging problems. Instructive MATLAB code. Lots of physics. That's my in-a-nutshell assessment... Nahin takes on the subject of using computers to solve difficult Read more...

 
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