Tag Archives: history

Book review: The Universe in Zero Words

The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told Through EquationsDana Mackenzie As the title suggests, the “gimmick” of this book is that each section centers around some particular equation, chosen for its beauty and depth. But it’s … Continue reading

Posted in books, review | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Book review: The Irrationals

The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can’t Count On Julian Havil Princeton University Press sends me lots of cool books to review! Here’s one. Remember the irrational numbers, which can’t be expressed as a ratio of integers ? … Continue reading

Posted in books, number theory, review | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in books, computation, review | Tagged , ,