## Number-Crunching: |

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 best-selling popular math writer Paul Nahin tackles in Nahin looks at how the art of number-crunching has changed since the advent of computers, and how high-speed technology helps to solve fascinating conundrums such as the three-body, 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. Exploring the intimate relationship between mathematics, physics, and the tremendous power of modern computers, "Great stories. Interesting and challenging problems. Instructive MATLAB code. Lots of physics. That's my in-a-nutshell assessment. . . . Nahin takes on the subject of using computers to solve difficult problems, many in physics, that couldn't be solved before computers. . . . This is one of those books that one can read as a spectator, enjoying the scenery, taking in the landscape, appreciating the rich stories--my relationship with the book--or one can dive in, study the many equations, run the code, and have a personal experience of how problems that were unsolvable just a few decades ago have succumbed to computers." " "
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- Digital Dice: Computational Solutions to Practical Probability Problems. [Paperback]
- Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills. [Paperback]
- Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers. [Paperback]
- An Imaginary Tale: The Story of i [the square root of minus one]. [Paperback]
- The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age. [Hardcover]
- Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt: And Other Intriguing Stories of Mathematical Physics. [Hardcover]
- When Least Is Best: How Mathematicians Discovered Many Clever Ways to Make Things as Small (or as Large) as Possible. [Paperback]
- Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now? And Numerous Other Curious Questions in Probability. [Hardcover]
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