The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering
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© 2014 Sanjoy Mahajan
The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering: Mastering Complexity by Sanjoy Mahajan (author) and MIT Press (publisher) is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution–Noncommercial–ShareAlike 4.0 International License. A copy of the license is available at creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0
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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.
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
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.