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The Resource An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of minus one], Paul J. Nahin ; with a new preafce by the author

An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of minus one], Paul J. Nahin ; with a new preafce by the author

Label
An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of minus one]
Title
An imaginary tale
Title remainder
the story of [the square root of minus one]
Statement of responsibility
Paul J. Nahin ; with a new preafce by the author
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In An Imaginary Tale, Paul Nahin 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 up and the colorful characters who tried to solve them. Addressing readers with both a general and scholarly interest in mathematics, Nahin weaves into this narrative entertaining historical facts, mathematical discussions, and the application of complex numbers and functions to important problems
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nahin, Paul J
Dewey number
512
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Numbers, Complex
Label
An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of minus one], Paul J. Nahin ; with a new preafce by the author
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • On t.p. "[the square root of minus one]" appears as a radical over "-1"
  • Includes index
Contents
Ch. 1. The Puzzles of Imaginary Numbers -- Ch. 2. A First Try at Understanding the Geometry of [the square root of] -1 -- Ch. 3. The Puzzles Start to Clear -- Ch. 4. Using Complex Numbers -- Ch. 5. More Uses of Complex Numbers -- Ch. 6. Wizard Mathematics -- Ch. 7. The Nineteenth Century, Cauchy, and the Beginning of Complex Function Theory -- App. A. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra -- App. B. The Complex Roots of a Transcendental Equation -- App. C. ([the square root of] -1)[superscript [square root of] -1] to 135 Decimal Places, and How It Was Computed
Control code
000042562810
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiv, 267 p.
Isbn
9780691127989
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Label
An imaginary tale : the story of [the square root of minus one], Paul J. Nahin ; with a new preafce by the author
Publication
Note
  • On t.p. "[the square root of minus one]" appears as a radical over "-1"
  • Includes index
Contents
Ch. 1. The Puzzles of Imaginary Numbers -- Ch. 2. A First Try at Understanding the Geometry of [the square root of] -1 -- Ch. 3. The Puzzles Start to Clear -- Ch. 4. Using Complex Numbers -- Ch. 5. More Uses of Complex Numbers -- Ch. 6. Wizard Mathematics -- Ch. 7. The Nineteenth Century, Cauchy, and the Beginning of Complex Function Theory -- App. A. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra -- App. B. The Complex Roots of a Transcendental Equation -- App. C. ([the square root of] -1)[superscript [square root of] -1] to 135 Decimal Places, and How It Was Computed
Control code
000042562810
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiv, 267 p.
Isbn
9780691127989
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.

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