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Chases and Escapes:
The Mathematics of Pursuit and Evasion
Paul J. Nahin

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"I know of no better way to grasp the basic concepts of calculus than to study pursuit-and-escape problems. Paul Nahin has made a superb survey of the vast field of such problems, from Zeno's paradox of Achilles and the tortoise through the famous four bugs that once made the cover of Scientific American. Not only does he make clear the required differential equations, but he traces each problem's colorful history. No book on the topic could be more definitive or a greater pleasure to read."--Martin Gardner

"Chases and Escapes is a superb treatment of the solutions to a variety of pursuit-evasion problems, some classic and others more contemporary. The content is accessible to undergraduates in mathematics or the physical sciences, with lots of supporting detail included. The author's lively writing style makes for enjoyable reading."--David M. Burton, University of New Hampshire

"This book is a treasure trove of puzzles and an enjoyable read. Nahin's aim is to assemble a varied collection of pursuit-and-evasion problems. Fully worked solutions, from first principles, are presented for each problem. Problems are carefully set in their historical context. I am not aware of another book that covers pursuit-and-evasion problems in anywhere near as much detail as is presented here."--Nick Hobson, creator of the award-winning Web site Nick's Mathematical Puzzles

"This is a well-written and novel book that is comprehensively researched and enthusiastically presented. Nahin offers a very good mixture of elegant math and lively historical interludes. I wasn't aware the topic had such a rich history and wide scope."--Desmond Higham, University of Strathclyde

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