Category Archives: books

Three new books

A three-for-one today! Here are three books I wanted to mention to you, dear reader, for one reason or another. A Wealth of NumbersBenjamin Wardhaugh Princeton Press kindly sent me a review copy of this book. As an anthology of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Enigma of the Spiral Waves

The Enigma of the Spiral Waves (Secrets of Creation Volume 2)words by Matthew Watkins, pictures by Matt Tweed Matthew Watkins and Matt Tweed have done it again! I previously wrote a (very positive) review of Volume I—this book is just … Continue reading

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Book review: In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman

As mathematical problems go, the “traveling salesman problem” (TSP) is a rare gem: it is simultaneously of great theoretical, historical, and practical interest. On the theoretical front, it is a well-known example of the class of “NP-complete” problems, which lie … Continue reading

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Book review: Nine Algorithms that Changed the Future

Nine Algorithms that Changed the Future: the Ingenious Ideas that Drive Today’s Computers, by John MacCormick. Princeton University Press, 2012. I’m often wary of books written for general audiences on technical topics. It’s quite difficult to write in a way … Continue reading

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Book review: Viewpoints: Mathematical Perspective and Fractal Geometry in Art

This book is certainly quite different from the sort I usually read and review—but I am always interested in new and creative ways to teach mathematics! This is quite a fun book. It’s all about visual art and some of … Continue reading

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Book review: Magical Mathematics

Occasionally someone from Princeton University Press sends me a list of upcoming titles and asks if there are any I’d like to review. I jumped when I saw this one: a book about magic tricks and math! By Persi Diaconis … Continue reading

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Book review: Roads to Infinity

What is infinity? What is proof? These are two of the biggest questions mathematicians have grappled with over the years. In this well-written and fascinating book, John Stillwell takes us on a tour through some of the answers to these … Continue reading

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