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Monday, January 11, 2016

...and it's only January




A heads-up on some recent books catching my eye:

At the end of last year "Leonhard Euler: Mathematical Genius in the Enlightenment" by Ronald S. Calinger was released (haven't seen it myself, but how could it not be fascinating):
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10531.html

The new "The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015"  edited by Mircea Pitici is now available (I hope to speak with Dr. Pitici here soon):
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10558.html

Also on the way from Princeton University Press is: 
"Mathematical Knowledge and the Interplay of Practices"  by José Ferreirós
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10646.html

From editors Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse, "The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math":
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10647.html

And, a more oddball volume... short stories based around mathematics: 
"L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels"  by James D. Stein:
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10559.html

Finally, as I've mentioned before, Barry Mazur and William Stein will soon be out with what should be a fantastic introductory text, "Prime Numbers and the Riemann Hypothesis":
http://tinyurl.com/zsd29kb

On a side-note I'm currently reading British philosopher Peter Cave's "The Big Think Book" (a combination of 3 of his prior books) and really enjoying it -- a fun introduction (in bite-size chunks) to 99 wonderful philosophical puzzles/paradoxes, including most of the classic mathematical ones:
 http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-Think-Book-Philosophy/dp/178074742X

Anyway, a great kickoff to the year in popular math!


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