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  • The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering

    Mastering Complexity

    Sanjoy Mahajan

    The MIT Press

    Cambridge, Massachusetts

    London, England

    © 2014 Sanjoy Mahajan

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    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

    Mahajan, Sanjoy, 1969- author.

    The art of insight in science and engineering : mastering complexity / Sanjoy Mahajan.

    pages cm

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    ISBN 978-0-262-52654-8 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Statistical physics. 2. Estimation theory. 3. Hypothesis. 4. Problem solving. I. Title. QC174.85.E88M34 2014 501’.9-dc23


    Printed and bound in the United States of America

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    For my teachers, who showed me the way

    Peter Goldreich

    Carver Mead

    Sterl Phinney

    And for my students, one of whom said

    I used to be curious, naively curious. Now I am fearlessly curious. I feel ready to attack any problem that comes at me, and at least get a feel for why things happen … roughly.

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