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"When Least is Best is clearly the result of immense effort. . . . [Nahin] just seems to get better and better. . . . The book is really a popular book of mathematics that touches on a broad range of problems associated with optimization."--Dennis S. Bernstein, IEEE Control Systems Magazine
"[When Least is Best is] a wonderful sourcebook from projects and is just plain fun to read."--Choice
"This book is highly recommended."--Clark Kimberling, Mathematical Intelligener
"A valuable and stimulating introduction to problems that have fascinated mathematicians and physicists for millennia."--D.R. Wilkins, Contemporary Physics
"Nahin delivers maximal mathematical enjoyment with minimal perplexity and boredom. . . . [He lets] general readers in on the thrill of riding high-school geometry and algebra to breakthrough insights. . . . A refreshingly lucid and humanizing approach to mathematics."--Booklist
"Anyone with a modest command of calculus, a curiosity about how mathematics developed, and a pad of paper for calculations will enjoy Nahin's lively book. His enthusiasm is infectious, his writing style is active and fluid, and his examples always have a point. . . . [H]e loves to tell stories, so even the familiar is enjoyably refreshed."--Donald R. Sherbert, SIAM Review