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

In "An Imaginary Tale", Paul J. Nahin tells the 2,000-year-old history of one of mathematics most elusive numbers, the square root of minus one, re ... Show synopsis

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  • An Imaginary Tale: The Story of "I" [The Square Root of Minus One] (Princeton University Press) – Hardcover (1998)

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

    Hardcover, Princeton University Press
    1998
    English
    296 pages

    ISBN: 0691027951
    ISBN-13: 9780691027951

    Today complex numbers have such widespread practical use - from electrical engineering to aeronautics - that few people would expect the story behind their derivation to be filled with adventure and enigma. 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'. He recreates the baffling mathematical problems that conjured it up, and the colorful characters who tried to solve them. In 1878, when two brothers stole a ... Show more

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