Paul J. Nahin

Paul Nahin was born in California: Stanford BS, Caltech, and as a Howard Hughes Staff Doctoral Fellow UC/Irvine Ph.D. He worked as a digital logic designer and radar systems engineer in the Southern California aerospace industry until 1971, when he started his academic career. He has taught at Harvey Mudd College, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Universities of New Hampshire (where he is now emeritus professor of electrical engineering) and Virginia.

In between and here-and-there he spent a post-doctoral year at the Naval Research Laboratory, and a summer and a year at the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Defense Analyses—all in Washington, DC.

Mr. Nahin has published a couple dozen short science fiction stories in Analog, Omni, and Twilight Zone magazines, and has written 11 books on mathematics and physics. He has just completed his next book, Electric Logic, that treats the works of George Boole and Claude Shannon and how they created the information age (2012).

Books Authored

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“Though the tone of Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now is lighthearted and many of its puzzles and problems relevant, this book should be labeled: ‘For Experts Only.’”

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“Computer science can be accurately viewed as the upriver force that makes possible the phenomenal impact of such entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Howard Schul