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Category Archives: books
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
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
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 wellwritten and fascinating book, John Stillwell takes us on a tour through some of the answers to these … Continue reading
Posted in arithmetic, books, computation, induction, infinity, logic, proof, review
Tagged infinity, John Stillwell, proof, roads
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Learn You a Haskell!
I have written several times before about using the Haskell programming language as a tool for exploring mathematics, but until now I had no good recommendation for people who were interested in learning it for that purpose (Real World Haskell … Continue reading
Book Review: The Mystery of the Prime Numbers
Several months ago, Matthew Watkins sent me a review copy of his new book, Secrets of Creation Volume One: The Mystery of the Prime Numbers. It’s taken me a while to get around to reviewing it, but not for lack … Continue reading
Posted in books, number theory, primes, review
Tagged book review, mystery, numbers, prime
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Book reviews: Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks and Easy as Pi
Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks A few months ago, Patrick Vennebush was kind enough to send me a review copy of his new book, Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks. Itâ€™s a treasuretrove of mathrelated jokes with a huge range of … Continue reading
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
I recently acquired a copy of Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou, with art by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna. It defies categorization: is it a comic book? A biography? A book of … Continue reading
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Tagged Bertrand Russell, book review, foundations, graphic novel, logic, philosophy, set theory
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Book review: The Mathematical Mechanic
I am not a physicist. My high school physics class was taught by a man who was probably brilliant. I say “probably” because he was so bad at explaining things that it was impossible to tell. His lectures went like … Continue reading