Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt

Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt

And Other Intriguing Stories of Mathematical Physics

Book - 2009
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What does quilting have to do with electric circuit theory? The answer is just one of the fascinating ways that best-selling popular math writer Paul Nahin illustrates the deep interplay of math and physics in the world around us in his latest book of challenging mathematical puzzles, Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt . With his trademark combination of intriguing mathematical problems and the historical anecdotes surrounding them, Nahin invites readers on an exciting and informative exploration of some of the many ways math and physics combine to create something vastly more powerful, useful, and interesting than either is by itself.

In a series of brief and largely self-contained chapters, Nahin discusses a wide range of topics in which math and physics are mutually dependent and mutually illuminating, from Newtonian gravity and Newton's laws of mechanics to ballistics, air drag, and electricity. The mathematical subjects range from algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus to differential equations, Fourier series, and theoretical and Monte Carlo probability. Each chapter includes problems--some three dozen in all--that challenge readers to try their hand at applying what they have learned. Just as in his other books of mathematical puzzles, Nahin discusses the historical background of each problem, gives many examples, includes MATLAB codes, and provides complete and detailed solutions at the end.

Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt will appeal to students interested in new math and physics applications, teachers looking for unusual examples to use in class--and anyone who enjoys popular math books.

Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780691135403
Branch Call Number: 530.15 NAH NVD
Characteristics: xxix, 391 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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johnf108 Dec 16, 2011

As with most of his [excellent] books, the author takes physics, mathematics and 'common beliefs' and digs into the deeper elements---many times with surprising results.
There are a number of mathematical puzzle books but usually they focus on tricks or short mathematical answers that teach little mathematics. Professor Nahin develops the mathematics with clarity and depth---but not losing the readers interest or understanding.

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