An Imaginary Tale:The Story of [the Square Root of Minus One]

An Imaginary Tale
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出版社: Princeton University Press
2010-02
版次: 1
ISBN: 9780691146003
定价: 256.50
装帧: 平装
开本: 其他
纸张: 其他
页数: 296页
正文语种: 英语
  • Todaycomplexnumbershavesuchwidespreadpracticaluse--fromelectricalengineeringtoaeronautics--thatfewpeoplewouldexpectthestorybehindtheirderivationtobefilledwithadventureandenigma.InAnImaginaryTale,PaulNahintellsthe2000-year-oldhistoryofoneofmathematics'mostelusivenumbers,thesquarerootofminusone,alsoknownasi.Herecreatesthebafflingmathematicalproblemsthatconjureditup,andthecolorfulcharacterswhotriedtosolvethem.
    In1878,whentwobrothersstoleamathematicalpapyrusfromtheancientEgyptianburialsiteintheValleyofKings,theyledscholarstotheearliestknownoccurrenceofthesquarerootofanegativenumber.Thepapyrusofferedaspecificnumericalexampleofhowtocalculatethevolumeofatruncatedsquarepyramid,whichimpliedtheneedfori.Inthefirstcentury,themathematician-engineerHeronofAlexandriaencounteredIinaseparateproject,butfudgedthearithmetic;medievalmathematiciansstumbledupontheconceptwhilegrapplingwiththemeaningofnegativenumbers,butdismissedtheirsquarerootsasnonsense.BythetimeofDescartes,atheoreticalusefortheseelusivesquareroots--nowcalled"imaginarynumbers"--wassuspected,buteffortstosolvethemledtointense,bitterdebates.ThenotoriousifinallywonacceptanceandwasputtouseincomplexanalysisandtheoreticalphysicsinNapoleonictimes.
    Addressingreaderswithbothageneralandscholarlyinterestinmathematics,Nahinweavesintothisnarrativeentertaininghistoricalfactsandmathematicaldiscussions,includingtheapplicationofcomplexnumbersandfunctionstoimportantproblems,suchasKepler'slawsofplanetarymotionandacelectricalcircuits.Thisbookcanbereadasanengaginghistory,almostabiography,ofoneofthemostevasiveandpervasive"numbers"inallofmathematics.
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    Todaycomplexnumbershavesuchwidespreadpracticaluse--fromelectricalengineeringtoaeronautics--thatfewpeoplewouldexpectthestorybehindtheirderivationtobefilledwithadventureandenigma.InAnImaginaryTale,PaulNahintellsthe2000-year-oldhistoryofoneofmathematics'mostelusivenumbers,thesquarerootofminusone,alsoknownasi.Herecreatesthebafflingmathematicalproblemsthatconjureditup,andthecolorfulcharacterswhotriedtosolvethem.
    In1878,whentwobrothersstoleamathematicalpapyrusfromtheancientEgyptianburialsiteintheValleyofKings,theyledscholarstotheearliestknownoccurrenceofthesquarerootofanegativenumber.Thepapyrusofferedaspecificnumericalexampleofhowtocalculatethevolumeofatruncatedsquarepyramid,whichimpliedtheneedfori.Inthefirstcentury,themathematician-engineerHeronofAlexandriaencounteredIinaseparateproject,butfudgedthearithmetic;medievalmathematiciansstumbledupontheconceptwhilegrapplingwiththemeaningofnegativenumbers,butdismissedtheirsquarerootsasnonsense.BythetimeofDescartes,atheoreticalusefortheseelusivesquareroots--nowcalled"imaginarynumbers"--wassuspected,buteffortstosolvethemledtointense,bitterdebates.ThenotoriousifinallywonacceptanceandwasputtouseincomplexanalysisandtheoreticalphysicsinNapoleonictimes.
    Addressingreaderswithbothageneralandscholarlyinterestinmathematics,Nahinweavesintothisnarrativeentertaininghistoricalfactsandmathematicaldiscussions,includingtheapplicationofcomplexnumbersandfunctionstoimportantproblems,suchasKepler'slawsofplanetarymotionandacelectricalcircuits.Thisbookcanbereadasanengaginghistory,almostabiography,ofoneofthemostevasiveandpervasive"numbers"inallofmathematics.
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