True Stories of An Imaginary Number

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Science  22 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5401, pp. 494
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5401.494

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An Imaginary Tale The Story of ÷-1. Paul J. Nahin. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1998. 277 pp. $24.95, £18.95. ISBN 0-691-02795-1.

Nahin provides an outstanding integration of the history of imaginary numbers and a lot of interesting mathematics, much of which will be new to college mathematics majors or to professional scientists and engineers.