Paul J. Nahin

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Paul J. Nahin
Born(1940-11-26)November 26, 1940
Alma mater
Occupation(s)Professor, author
Known forBooks on physics and mathematics
Patricia A. Telepka
(m. 1962)
AwardsHarry Rowe Mimno Award (1979)
Chandler Davis Prize (2017)

Paul J. Nahin (born November 26, 1940) is an American electrical engineer, author, and former college professor. He has written over 20 books on topics in physics and mathematics.


A copy of Nahin's book The Logician and the Engineer

Born in California, Nahin graduated from Brea Olinda High School in 1958, and thereafter received a B.S. from Stanford University in 1962, an M.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 1963, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, in 1972, all in electrical engineering.[1]

Nahin thereafter taught at Harvey Mudd College, the University of Virginia, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.[1] He retired in 2004 from his position as professor of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, becoming a professor emeritus.[2]

As an author, Nahin's publications include biographies of Oliver Heaviside, George Boole, and Claude Shannon, books on mathematical concepts such as Euler's formula, the Riemann hypothesis, and the imaginary unit, and a number of books on the physics and philosophical puzzles of time travel. His book Chases and Escapes has been rated as essential for inclusion in undergraduate mathematics libraries by The Basic Library List Committee of the Mathematical Association of America.[3]

In 1979, Nahin received the first Harry Rowe Mimno writing award,[4] from the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. He received the 2017 Chandler Davis Prize for Excellence in Expository Writing in Mathematics.[5]



  1. ^ a b Electrical and computer engineering expert offers annual Sampson Lecture Bates College News (March 23, 2011).
  2. ^ Nahin, Paul J. (December 2012). "Acknowledgements". Chases and Escapes: The Mathematics of Pursuit and Evasion. Princeton University Press. pp. 249–250. doi:10.1515/9781400842063.249.
  3. ^ Satzer, William J. (June 2007), "Review of Chases and Escapes", MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America
  4. ^ "Harry Rowe Mimno Award". IEEE AESS. December 9, 2020. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  5. ^ "The Mathematical Intelligencer". Springer. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  6. ^ Bultheel, Adhemar. "In Pursuit of Zeta-3". Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  7. ^ A. Bultheel (2014) Review: Intersect from European Mathematical Society.
  8. ^ Henry Ricardo (2006) Review: Euler's Fabulous from Mathematical Association of America.
  9. ^ Reviews of Chases and Escapes:
  10. ^ Danielle L. Parker (2006) Review:Time Travel from Bewildering Stories.
  11. ^ Ed Sandifer (1999) Review:Imaginary Tale from Mathematical Association of America.
  12. ^ Blank, Brian E. (November 1999). "Review of An imaginary tale: The story of √-1 by Paul J. Nahin" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 46 (10): 1233–1236.
  13. ^ Y.H. Ku (1989) Journal of the Franklin Institute 326:3.
  14. ^ Robert Rosenberg (1989) Isis.
  15. ^ George E. Webb (1989) The Historian, Review of Oliver Heaviside.
  16. ^ Jed Buchwald (1991) Centaurus. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0498.1985.tb00750.x

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