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An Imaginary Tale: The Story of â -1
  • 书名: An Imaginary Tale: The Story of â -1
  • 作者: Paul J. Nahin
  • ISBN: 9780691169248
  • 出版时间: 2016-03-15
  • 出版社: Princeton University Press
  • 入库时间: 1510208400
  • 更新时间: 1510208400
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OneofChoice'sOutstandingAcademicTitlesfor1999HonorableMentionforthe1998AwardforBestProfessional/ScholarlyBookinMathematics,AssociationofAmericanPublishers"Abook-lengthhymnofpraisetothesquarerootofminusone."--BrianRotman,TimesLiterarySupplement"AnImaginaryTaleismarvelousreadingandhardtoputdown.ReaderswillfindthatNahinhasclearedupmanyofthemysteriessurroundingtheuseofcomplexnumbers."--VictorJ.Katz,Science"[AnImaginaryTale]canbereadforfunandprofitbyanyonewhohastakencoursesinintroductorycalculus,planegeometryandtrigonometry."--WilliamThompson,AmericanScientist"Someonehasfinallydeliveredadefinitivehistoryofthis'imaginary'number...Amustreadforanyoneinterestedinmathematicsanditshistory."--D.S.Larson,Choice"Attemptingtoexplainimaginarynumberstoanon-mathematiciancanbeafrustratingexperience...Onsuchoccasions,itwouldbemostusefultohaveacopyofPaulNahin'sexcellentbookathand."--A.Rice,MathematicalGazette"Imaginarynumbers!Threeve!Ninety-fifteen!No,notthosekindofimaginarynumbers.Ifyouhaveanyinterestinwheretheconceptofimaginarynumberscomesfrom,youwillbedrawnintothewonderfulstoriesofhowiwasdiscovered."--RebeccaRuss,MathHorizons"Therewillbesomethingofrewardinthisbookforeveryone."--R.G.Keesing,ContemporaryPhysics"Nahinhasgivenusafineadditiontothefamilyofbooksaboutparticularnumbers.Itisinterestingtospeculatewhatthenextmemberofthefamilywillbeabout.Zero?TheEulerconstant?Thesquarerootoftwo?Whilewearewaiting,wecanenjoyAnImaginaryTale."--EdSandifer,MAAOnline"PaulNahin'sbookisadelightfulrompthroughthedevelopmentofimaginarynumbers."--RobinJ.Wilson,LondonMathematicalSocietyNewsletter"Youwilldefinitelyenjoyit.Infactitclearlyreflectsthethejoyanddelightthattheauthorexperiencedwhenhewasconfrontedwithcomplexanalysisduringhisengineeringstudies."--AdhemarBultheel,EuropeanMathematicalSocietyPaulJ.NahinisprofessoremeritusofelectricalengineeringattheUniversityofNewHampshireandtheauthorofmanybest-sellingpopularmathbooks,includingTheLogicianandtheEngineerandWillYouBeAlive10YearsfromNow?(bothPrinceton).

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