John A. Adam is professor of mathematics at Old Dominion University. His books include X and the City: Modeling Aspects of Urban Life, Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World, and Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin (all Princeton).
"A tour de force of the mathematical description of waves. . . . I sincerely wish I had encountered such a book early in my teaching career. The material presented in it would have provided a very useful enhancement to a number of courses I have taught to undergraduate physics majors over the years."---James A. Lock, American Journal of Physics