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An Imaginary Tale: The Story of â -1

  • 作者:Paul J. Nahin 出版社:Princeton University Press
  • ISBN:9780691169248 制作公司:
  • 語言:英语 出版时间:2016-03-15
  • 简介:

    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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