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An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of minus one]

Author: Paul J Nahin
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul J Nahin
ISBN: 0691027951 9780691027951 0691127980 9780691127989
OCLC Number: 38147840
Notes: On t.p. "[the square root of minus one]" appears as a radical over "-1."
Includes indexes.
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 1999
Runner-up for AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Mathematics and Statistics 1998
Description: xvi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Puzzles of imaginary numbers --
ch. 2. First try at understanding the geometry of (the square root of minus one) --
ch. 3. Puzzles start to clear --
ch. 4. Using complex numbers --
ch. 5. More uses of complex numbers --
ch. 6. Wizard mathematics --
ch. 7. Nineteenth century, cauchy, and the beginning of complex function theory.
Other Titles: Story of [the square root of minus one]
Story of [square root] -1
Responsibility: Paul J. Nahin.
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Features the 2000-year-old history of the square root of minus one, also known as 'i'. This book recreates the mathematical problems that conjured it up, and the characters who tried to solve them.  Read more...


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A book-length hymn of praise to the square root of minus one. -- Brian Rotman, Times Literary Supplement An Imaginary Tale is marvelous reading and hard to put down. Readers will find that Nahin Read more...

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