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Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt by Paul J. Nahin

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The Big Noise

Every sound shall end in silence, but the silence never dies.

—Samuel Miller Hageman, “Silence” (1876)

18.1 An Interesting Textbook Problem

During the autumn quarter of my sophomore year (1959–1960) at Stanford I took Math 130, my first course in differential equations. The assigned textbook was Ralph Palmer Agnew’s classic Differential Equations. I have kept my copy of Agnew all these past fifty years since, and as I write it is open on my desk in front of me to page 40. On that page is a problem I’ve always remembered because it described such a novel idea (to me) that I was immediately and forever fascinated by it. This will ...

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