Nahin, Paul J.
Overview
Works:  73 works in 545 publications in 5 languages and 26,155 library holdings 

Genres:  History Criticism, interpretation, etc Biography Biographies Timetravel fiction Puzzles and games Popular works Trivia and miscellanea 
Roles:  Author, Creator, wpr 
Classifications:  QA255, 515.9 
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Most widely held works by
Paul J Nahin
An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of minus one] by
Paul J Nahin(
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55 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 3,205 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, recreating 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 mathematicianengineer 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
55 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 3,205 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, recreating 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 mathematicianengineer 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(
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34 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,872 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
34 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,872 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
When least is best : how mathematicians discovered many clever ways to make things as small (or as large) as possible by
Paul J Nahin(
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25 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 2,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Written in a conversational tone and requiring only an early undergraduate level of mathematical knowledge, When Least Is Best is full of fascinating examples and readytotryathome experiments. This is the first book on optimization written for a wide audience, and math enthusiasts of all backgrounds will delight in its lively topics."Jacket
25 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 2,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Written in a conversational tone and requiring only an early undergraduate level of mathematical knowledge, When Least Is Best is full of fascinating examples and readytotryathome experiments. This is the first book on optimization written for a wide audience, and math enthusiasts of all backgrounds will delight in its lively topics."Jacket
Chases and escapes : the mathematics of pursuit and evasion by
Paul J Nahin(
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29 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 2,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ideal both for selfstudy 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
29 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 2,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ideal both for selfstudy 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
Digital dice : computational solutions to practical probability problems by
Paul J Nahin(
)
31 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 2,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of twentyone reallife probability puzzles and shows how to get numerical answers without having to solve complicated mathematical equations
31 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 2,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of twentyone reallife probability puzzles and shows how to get numerical answers without having to solve complicated mathematical equations
Duelling idiots and other probability puzzlers by
Paul J Nahin(
)
33 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 1,912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this collection of twentyone 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
33 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 1,912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this collection of twentyone 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
Numbercrunching : taming unruly computational problems from mathematical physics to science fiction by
Paul J Nahin(
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19 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,835 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 bestselling popular math writer Paul Nahin tackles in NumberCrunching. 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 numbercrunching has changed since the advent of computers, and how highspeed technology helps to solve fascinating conundrums such as the threebody, 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
19 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,835 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 bestselling popular math writer Paul Nahin tackles in NumberCrunching. 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 numbercrunching has changed since the advent of computers, and how highspeed technology helps to solve fascinating conundrums such as the threebody, 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
The logician and the engineer : how George Boole and Claude Shannon created the information age by
Paul J Nahin(
)
34 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in English and Japanese and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we usefrom 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, bestselling popular math writer Paul Nahin combines engaging problems and a colorful historical narrative to tell the remarkable story of how two men in different erasmathematician and philosopher George Boole (18151864) and electrical engineer and pioneering information theorist Claude Shannon (19162001)advanced Boolean logic and became founding fathers of the electronic communications age
34 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in English and Japanese and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we usefrom 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, bestselling popular math writer Paul Nahin combines engaging problems and a colorful historical narrative to tell the remarkable story of how two men in different erasmathematician and philosopher George Boole (18151864) and electrical engineer and pioneering information theorist Claude Shannon (19162001)advanced Boolean logic and became founding fathers of the electronic communications age
Mrs. Perkins's electric quilt : and other intriguing stories of mathematical physics by
Paul J Nahin(
)
13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a series of brief and largely selfcontained 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
13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a series of brief and largely selfcontained 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
Will you be alive 10 years from now? : and numerous other curious questions in probability : a collection of not so wellknown
mathematical mindbenders (with solutions, with one exception) by
Paul J Nahin(
)
27 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What are the chances of a gameshow 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 oneofakind 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 pastfrom Galileo's dicetossing problem to a disarming dice puzzle that would have astonished even Newtonand also includes a dozen challenge problems for you to tackle yourself, with complete solutions provided in the back of the book. Nahin then presents twentyfive 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"
27 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What are the chances of a gameshow 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 oneofakind 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 pastfrom Galileo's dicetossing problem to a disarming dice puzzle that would have astonished even Newtonand also includes a dozen challenge problems for you to tackle yourself, with complete solutions provided in the back of the book. Nahin then presents twentyfive 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"
Time machines : time travel in physics, metaphysics, and science fiction by
Paul J Nahin(
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24 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Time Machines explores the history of time travel in fiction; the fundamental scientific concepts of time, spacetime, and the fourth dimension; the speculations of Einstein, Richard Feynman, Kurt Godel, and others; scientific hypotheses about the direction of time, reversed time, and multidimensional time; timetravel paradoxes, and much more." "Time Machines is highly readable even for those with no physics background. The text contains no equations or higher calculus: All the mathematics are contained in appendices that require nothing beyond differential and integral calculus. Time Machines contains the most extensive bibliography available on the fictional and scientific literature of time travel."Jacket
24 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Time Machines explores the history of time travel in fiction; the fundamental scientific concepts of time, spacetime, and the fourth dimension; the speculations of Einstein, Richard Feynman, Kurt Godel, and others; scientific hypotheses about the direction of time, reversed time, and multidimensional time; timetravel paradoxes, and much more." "Time Machines is highly readable even for those with no physics background. The text contains no equations or higher calculus: All the mathematics are contained in appendices that require nothing beyond differential and integral calculus. Time Machines contains the most extensive bibliography available on the fictional and scientific literature of time travel."Jacket
In praise of simple physics : the science and mathematics behind everyday questions by
Paul J Nahin(
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19 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Japanese and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Physics can explain many of the things that we commonly encounter. It can tell us why the night is dark, what causes the tides, and even how best to catch a baseball. With In Praise of Simple Physics, popular math and science writer Paul Nahin presents a plethora of situations that explore the science and math behind the wonders of everyday life. Roaming through a diverse range of puzzles, he illustrates how physics shows us ways to wring more energy from renewable sources, to measure the gravity in our car garages, to figure out which of three light switches in the basement controls the light bulb in the attic, and much, much more
19 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Japanese and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Physics can explain many of the things that we commonly encounter. It can tell us why the night is dark, what causes the tides, and even how best to catch a baseball. With In Praise of Simple Physics, popular math and science writer Paul Nahin presents a plethora of situations that explore the science and math behind the wonders of everyday life. Roaming through a diverse range of puzzles, he illustrates how physics shows us ways to wring more energy from renewable sources, to measure the gravity in our car garages, to figure out which of three light switches in the basement controls the light bulb in the attic, and much, much more
The science of radio by
Paul J Nahin(
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17 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In The Science of Radio, Paul J. Nahin charts the development of the ordinary superheterodyne AM radio receiver for the specific purpose of providing an introduction to fundamental physics and engineering. Taking a "top down" approach to the subject, Nahin starts with a broad overview of radio as a sociological and technological phenomenon, then describes specific advances in research that made radio possible, moving through deeper levels of technical detail as the story progresses. Readers will see how various concepts and theories are combined in the laboratory to achieve specific results. And the book's "just in time" method of introducing mathematical and physical theory only as needed to understand a topic, helps readers gain a firm grasp of often elusive material. By focusing specifically on the workings of AM radio, The Science of Radio offers a both a fascinating history of radio as an information and entertainment medium and a practical, applicationsoriented introduction to electrical engineering. A number of challenging problems, with answers and/or solution hints provided for nearly all of them, are in the book. It is a superb companion text for intermediate engineering students familiar with freshman calculus and physics, as well as engineering or physics professors, and other scientists in the history of radio
17 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In The Science of Radio, Paul J. Nahin charts the development of the ordinary superheterodyne AM radio receiver for the specific purpose of providing an introduction to fundamental physics and engineering. Taking a "top down" approach to the subject, Nahin starts with a broad overview of radio as a sociological and technological phenomenon, then describes specific advances in research that made radio possible, moving through deeper levels of technical detail as the story progresses. Readers will see how various concepts and theories are combined in the laboratory to achieve specific results. And the book's "just in time" method of introducing mathematical and physical theory only as needed to understand a topic, helps readers gain a firm grasp of often elusive material. By focusing specifically on the workings of AM radio, The Science of Radio offers a both a fascinating history of radio as an information and entertainment medium and a practical, applicationsoriented introduction to electrical engineering. A number of challenging problems, with answers and/or solution hints provided for nearly all of them, are in the book. It is a superb companion text for intermediate engineering students familiar with freshman calculus and physics, as well as engineering or physics professors, and other scientists in the history of radio
Oliver Heaviside, sage in solitude : the life, work, and times of an electrical genius of the Victorian age by
Paul J Nahin(
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24 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biography of Oliver Heaviside, who was a selftaught English electrical engineer, mathematician, and physicist who adapted complex numbers to the study of electrical circuits, and invented mathematical techniques to the solution of differential equations
24 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biography of Oliver Heaviside, who was a selftaught English electrical engineer, mathematician, and physicist who adapted complex numbers to the study of electrical circuits, and invented mathematical techniques to the solution of differential equations
Holy scifi! : where science fiction and religion intersect by
Paul J Nahin(
)
11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 425 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 SciFi!, 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 wellloved books and stories, Holy SciFi! shows how scifi has informed humanity's attitudes towards our faiths, our future and ourselves.  Provided by publisher
11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 425 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 SciFi!, 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 wellloved books and stories, Holy SciFi! shows how scifi has informed humanity's attitudes towards our faiths, our future and ourselves.  Provided by publisher
Inside interesting integrals (with an introduction to contour integration) : a collection of sneaky tricks, sly substitutions,
and numerous other stupendously clever, awesomely wicked, and devilishly seductive maneuvers for computing nearly 200 perplexing
definite integrals from physics, engineering, and mathematics (plus 60 challenge problems with complete, detailed solutions) by
Paul J Nahin(
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16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 in a lighthearted manner for students who have completed the first year of college or high school AP calculus, and have just a bit of exposure to the concept of a differential equation. Every result is fully derived. If you are fascinated by definite integrals, then this is a book for you
16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 in a lighthearted manner for students who have completed the first year of college or high school AP calculus, and have just a bit of exposure to the concept of a differential equation. Every result is fully derived. If you are fascinated by definite integrals, then this is a book for you
How to fall slower than gravity : and other everyday (and not so everyday) uses of mathematics and physical reasoning by
Paul J Nahin(
)
9 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An engaging collection of intriguing problems that shows you how to think like a mathematical physicistPaul Nahin is a master at explaining odd phenomena through straightforward mathematics. In this collection of twentysix intriguing problems, he explores how mathematical physicists think. Always entertaining, the problems range from ancient catapult conundrums to the puzzling physics of a very peculiar kind of glass called NASTYGLASSand from dodging trucks to why raindrops fall slower than the rate of gravity. The questions raised may seem impossible to answer at first and may require an unexpected twist in reasoning, but sometimes their solutions are surprisingly simple. Nahin's goal, however, is always to guide readerswho will need only to have studied advanced high school math and physicsin expanding their mathematical thinking to make sense of the curiosities of the physical world.The problems are in the first part of the book and the solutions are in the second, so that readers may challenge themselves to solve the questions on their own before looking at the explanations. The problems show how mathematicsincluding algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculuscan be united with physical laws to solve both real and theoretical problems. Historical anecdotes woven throughout the book bring alive the circumstances and people involved in some amazing discoveries and achievements.More than a puzzle book, this work will immerse you in the delights of scientific history while honing your math skills
9 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An engaging collection of intriguing problems that shows you how to think like a mathematical physicistPaul Nahin is a master at explaining odd phenomena through straightforward mathematics. In this collection of twentysix intriguing problems, he explores how mathematical physicists think. Always entertaining, the problems range from ancient catapult conundrums to the puzzling physics of a very peculiar kind of glass called NASTYGLASSand from dodging trucks to why raindrops fall slower than the rate of gravity. The questions raised may seem impossible to answer at first and may require an unexpected twist in reasoning, but sometimes their solutions are surprisingly simple. Nahin's goal, however, is always to guide readerswho will need only to have studied advanced high school math and physicsin expanding their mathematical thinking to make sense of the curiosities of the physical world.The problems are in the first part of the book and the solutions are in the second, so that readers may challenge themselves to solve the questions on their own before looking at the explanations. The problems show how mathematicsincluding algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculuscan be united with physical laws to solve both real and theoretical problems. Historical anecdotes woven throughout the book bring alive the circumstances and people involved in some amazing discoveries and achievements.More than a puzzle book, this work will immerse you in the delights of scientific history while honing your math skills
Time machine tales : the science fiction adventures and philosophical puzzles of time travel by
Paul J Nahin(
)
12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and German and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book contains a broad overview of time travel in science fiction, along with a detailed examination of the philosophical implications of time travel. The emphasis of this book is now on the philosophical and on science fiction, rather than on physics, as in the author's earlier books on the subject. In that spirit there are, for example, no Tech Notes filled with algebra, integrals, and differential equations, as there are in the first and second editions of TIME MACHINES. Writing about time travel is, today, a respectable business. It hasn't always been so. After all, time travel, prima facie, appears to violate a fundamental law of nature; every effect has a cause, with the cause occurring before the effect. Time travel to the past, however, seems to allow, indeed to demand, backwards causation, with an effect (the time traveler emerging into the past as he exits from his time machine) occurring before its cause (the time traveler pushing the start button on his machine's control panel to start his trip backward through time). Time Machine Tales includes new discussions of the advances by physicists and philosophers that have appeared since the publication of TIME MACHINES in 1999, examples of which are the chapters on time travel paradoxes. Those chapters have been brought uptodate with the latest philosophical thinking on the paradoxes. Paul Nahin is THE authority on the intricate physics of time travel, paradoxes and all. He makes the field as clear as it can be.  Gregory Benford, author of Timescape
12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and German and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book contains a broad overview of time travel in science fiction, along with a detailed examination of the philosophical implications of time travel. The emphasis of this book is now on the philosophical and on science fiction, rather than on physics, as in the author's earlier books on the subject. In that spirit there are, for example, no Tech Notes filled with algebra, integrals, and differential equations, as there are in the first and second editions of TIME MACHINES. Writing about time travel is, today, a respectable business. It hasn't always been so. After all, time travel, prima facie, appears to violate a fundamental law of nature; every effect has a cause, with the cause occurring before the effect. Time travel to the past, however, seems to allow, indeed to demand, backwards causation, with an effect (the time traveler emerging into the past as he exits from his time machine) occurring before its cause (the time traveler pushing the start button on his machine's control panel to start his trip backward through time). Time Machine Tales includes new discussions of the advances by physicists and philosophers that have appeared since the publication of TIME MACHINES in 1999, examples of which are the chapters on time travel paradoxes. Those chapters have been brought uptodate with the latest philosophical thinking on the paradoxes. Paul Nahin is THE authority on the intricate physics of time travel, paradoxes and all. He makes the field as clear as it can be.  Gregory Benford, author of Timescape
Time travel by
Paul J Nahin(
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4 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Time Travel explains science to help you make your fiction plausible. You'll leave for the future from a solid theoretical launching pad  and you'll see why the idea of traveling to the past violates no known laws of physics. Time Travel explores the theories of relativity, shows you the equations, probes the marvelous possibilities. It's filled with facts you can use in your fiction to cross the filmy borders and take readers along the corridors of time
4 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Time Travel explains science to help you make your fiction plausible. You'll leave for the future from a solid theoretical launching pad  and you'll see why the idea of traveling to the past violates no known laws of physics. Time Travel explores the theories of relativity, shows you the equations, probes the marvelous possibilities. It's filled with facts you can use in your fiction to cross the filmy borders and take readers along the corridors of time
Time travel : a writer's guide to the real science of plausible time travel by
Paul J Nahin(
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8 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 132 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'  Fasterthanlight (FTL) into the past  Quantum gravity, splitting universes, and time machines  Reading the physics literature for story ideas
8 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 132 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'  Fasterthanlight (FTL) into the past  Quantum gravity, splitting universes, and time machines  Reading the physics literature for story ideas
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Nahin, Paul Joel
Nahin, Paul Joel 1940
Paul J. Nahin Amerikaans nonfictieschrijver
Paul Nahin USamerikanischer Sachbuchautor für Mathematik
나힌, 폴 1940
ナーイン, ポール・J
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