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Interviews with Mathematicians about their New Books

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Interviews with Mathematicians about their New Books
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12.03.2019

Kartik Hosanagar, "A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives" (Viking, 2019)

Our guest today is Kartik Hosanagar, the author of A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control(Viking, 2019). This is one of those rare books that I think everyone can read and I think ev...
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9.11.2018

Andrew C. A. Elliott, “Is That a Big Number?” (Oxford UP, 2018)

Andrew C. A. Elliott‘s Is That a Big Number? (Oxford University Press, 2018) is a book that those of us who feast on numbers will absolutely adore, but will also tease the palates of those for whom numbers have previously been somewhat distasteful.  Th...
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8.10.2018

Al Posamentier and Christian Speitzer, “The Mathematics of Everyday Life” (Prometheus Books, 2018)

Today I talked to Al Posamentier about his books (co-authored with Christian Speitzer) The Mathematics of Everyday Life (Prometheus Books, 2018).  We all are told – practically from the moment we enter school – that mathematics is important because it ...
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18.07.2018

Eli Maor, “Music by the Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg” (Princeton UP, 2018)

Most of us have heard of the math-music connection, but Eli Maor’s Music by the Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg (Princeton University Press, 2018) is THE book that explains what that connection is, and how both math and music connect to both phy...
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12.12.2017

Vicky Neale, “Closing the Gap: The Quest to Understand Prime Numbers” (Oxford UP, 2017)

Today I talked to Vicky Neale about her new book Closing the Gap: The Quest to Understand Prime Numbers (Oxford University Press, 2017). The book details one of the most exciting developments to happen in the last few years in…
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16.10.2017

Alfred Posamentier et. al., “The Joy of Mathematics: Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Class” (Prometheus Books, 2017)

The book discussed here is the The Joy of Mathematics (Prometheus Books, 2017), whose lead author, Alfred Posamentier, is our guest today. The subtitle Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Classdescribes…
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19.09.2017

Brian Clegg, “Big Data: How the Information Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives” (Icon Books, 2017)

Big Data: How the Information Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives (Icon Books, 2017), by Brian Clegg, is a relatively short book about a subject that has emerged only recently, but is rapidly becoming a significant force in the evolution…
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29.06.2017

Brian Clegg, “The Reality Frame: Relativity and Our Place in the Universe” (Icon Books, 2017)

Brian Clegg is one of England’s most prolific and popular writers on science. His latest work, The Reality Frame: Relativity and Our Place in the Universe (Icon Books, 2017), covers Einstein’s Theories of Relativity and a whole lot more. Simply…
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11.06.2017

Oscar Fernandez, “The Calculus of Happiness” (Princeton UP, 2017)

The book discussed here is entitled The Calculus of Happiness: How a Mathematical Approach to Life Adds Up to Health, Wealth, and Love (Princeton University Press, 2017) by Oscar Fernandez. If the thought of calculus makes you nervous, don’t…
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15.05.2017

David Danks,“Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models” (MIT Press, 2014)

For many cognitive scientists, psychologists, and philosophers of mind, the best current theory of cognition holds that thinking is in some sense computation “in some sense,” because that core idea can and has been elaborated in a number of different…
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15.02.2017

Raffi Grinberg,“The Real Analysis Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Understand Proofs” (Princeton UP, 2017)

If ever there were a course that needs a book like Raffi Grinberg’s The Real Analysis Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Understand Proofs (Princeton University Press, 20170, analysis is unquestionably it, and I only wish that Raffi had…
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23.01.2017

Matthew L. Jones,“Reckoning with Matter: Calculating Machines, Innovation, and Thinking about Thinking from Pascal to Babbage” (U. Chicago Press, 2016)

Matthew L. Jones’s wonderful new book traces a history of failed efforts to make calculating machines, from Blaise Pascal’s work in the 1640s through the efforts of Charles Babbage in the nineteenth century, incorporating an account of both the work…
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4.01.2017

Brian Clegg,“Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World (St. Martin’s Press, 2016)

Brian Clegg’s Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) is a compact, very readable, and highly entertaining history of the development and use of mathematics to answer the important pra...
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29.12.2016

Ian Stewart,“Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe” (Basic Books, 2016)

The book discussed here is Ian Stewart’s Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe (Basic Books, 2016). If you would like to read a book that in my opinion represents the nicest job of presenting astronomy and cosmology in…
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1.10.2016

Alfred Posamentier and Stephen Krulik,“Effective Techniques to Motivate Mathematics Instruction” (Routledge, 2016)

From the title, you might guess that Alfred Posamentier and Stephen Krulik’s Effective Techniques to Motivate Mathematics Instruction (Routledge, 2016) is aimed at mathematics teachers which it is. However, the techniques and strategies discussed in th...
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11.09.2016

Alfred S. Posamentier and Robert Geretschlager,“The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration Beyond the Line” (Prometheus Books, 2016)

Alfred S. Posamentier and Robert Geretschlager, The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration Beyond the Line (Prometheus Books, 2016) goes considerably beyond what its modest title would suggest. The circle has played a pivotal role–that’s “role” with an ‘e,...
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23.05.2016

Beineke and Rosenhouse, eds.,“The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse‘s new book The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math (Princeton University Press, 2015) covers a multitude of topics and is in many ways as entertaining as the various subjects...
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31.03.2016

Adam Kucharski,“The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling” (Basic Books, 2016)

Adam Kucharski, who won the 2012 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, has delivered another winner in an area rife with both winners and losers. The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling (Basic…
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24.02.2016

James D. Stein,“L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Romance. Crime. Mathematics. These things do not go together. Or do they? James D. Stein thinks they do, and he admirably shows us how in his wonderful collection of stories L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of …
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5.01.2016

Lynn Gamwell,“Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Today I’m talking with Lynn Gamwell about Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History (Princeton University Press, 2015). This book is a breathtaking combination of scholarship and beauty, tracing the interplay of mathematics and art throughout mankind’s h...
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7.12.2015

Brian Clegg,“How Many Moons Does the Earth Have? The Ultimate Science Quiz Book” (Icon Books, 2015)

Brian Clegg, who is arguably the most prolific science writer since Isaac Asimov, and almost certainly the most prolific British one, has written a delightfully tantalizing book entitled How Many Moons Does the Earth Have? The Ultimate Science Quiz …
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23.11.2015

Dan Bouk,“How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Who made life risky? In his dynamic new book, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual (University of Chicago Press, 2015), historian Dan Bouk argues that starting in the late nineteenth century, the life-insurance…
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12.11.2015

John Allen Paulos,“A Numerate Life” (Prometheus Books, 2015)

John Allen Paulos, who has accomplished the unheard-of double of writing best-sellers about mathematics and inserting a word (‘innumeracy’) into the language, has attempted another ambitious feat – bringing mathematics to bear on one of the few subject...
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30.09.2015

Arthur Benjamin,“The Magic of Math” (Basic Book, 2015)

Today we’ll be talking about The Magic of Math (Basic Books, 2015)by Arthur Benjamin. This is a book that has the gee-whiz feeling you got when you first encountered George Gamow’s classic One, Two, Three … Infinity, but…
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15.07.2015

Margaret Morrison,“Reconstructing Reality: Models, Mathematics, and Simulations” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Almost 400 years ago, Galileo wrote that the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics. Today, mathematics is integral to physics and chemistry, and is becoming so in biology, economics, and other sciences, although amid great controvers...
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26.03.2015

Christopher J. Phillips,“The New Math: A Political History” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Christopher J. Phillips‘ new book is a political history of the “New Math,” a collection of curriculum reform projects in the 1950s & 1960s that were partially sponsored by the NSF and involved hundreds of mathematicians, teachers, professors, admi...
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15.10.2014

Colin Adams,“Zombies and Calculus” (Princeton UP, 2014)

The book discussed in this interview is Zombies and Calculus (Princeton University Press, 2014) by Colin Adams.   This is a truly unique book; a novel written in the first-person by the survivor of a zombie apocalypse who has managed…
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8.07.2014

Jordan Ellenberg,“How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking” (Penguin Press, 2014)

The book discussed in this interview is How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking (Penguin Press, 2014), by Jordan Ellenberg.  This is one of those rare books that belong on the reading list of every educated…
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26.06.2014

Sue VanHattum,“Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers” (Natural Math, 2015)

[Re-published with permission from Inspired by Math] Sue VanHattum is a math professor, blogger, mother, author/editor, and fundraiser. She’s a real powerhouse of motivation for making math fun and accessible to more of our young folks. Sue has…
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20.06.2014

Al Cuoco and Joe Rotman,“Learning Modern Algebra: From Early Attempts to Prove Fermat’s Last Theorem” (MAA, 2013)

[Re-published with permission from Inspired by Math] The MAA (Mathematical Association of America) sent me a review copy of their new book Learning Modern Algebra: From Early Attempts to Prove Fermat’s Last Theorem. I don’t typically review…
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9.06.2014

David Reimer,“Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics” (Princeton UP, 2014)

[Re-posted with permission from Sol Lederman’s Wild About Math] I love novel ways of looking at arithmetic. I’m fascinated with how computers compute in binary, with tricks for simplifying calculations and with how Vedic mathematicians handle difficu...
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9.06.2014

Peter Gardenfors,“The Geometry of Meaning: Semantics Based on Conceptual Spaces” (MIT Press, 2014)

A conceptual space sounds like a rather nebulous thing, and basing a semantics on conceptual spaces sounds similarly nebulous. In The Geometry of Meaning: Semantics Based on Conceptual Spaces (MIT Press, 2014), Peter Gardenfors demonstrates that this n...
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17.04.2014

Oscar E. Fernandez,“Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us (Princeton UP, 2014)

The book discussed in this interview is Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us (Princeton University Press, 2014) by Oscar E. Fernandez, who teaches mathematics – and calculus in particular – at Wellesley College.  While it ...
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15.04.2014

Michael Strevens,“Tychomancy: Inferring Probability from Causal Structure” (Harvard UP, 2013)

When we’re faced with a choice between Door #1, Door #2, and Door #3, how do we infer correctly that there’s an equal chance of the prize being behind any of the doors? How is it that we are generally…
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8.04.2014

Tim Chartier,“Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing” (Princeton UP, 2014)

[Re-posted with permission from Wild About Math] My favorite kind of math challenges are those that children can understand and professional mathematicians can’t solve easily (or at all.) Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Coo...
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14.02.2014

Chuck Adler,“Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction” (Princeton UP, 2014)

[Re-posted with permission from Wild About Math] I’ve admitted before that Physics and I have never gotten along. But, science fiction is something I enjoy. So, when Princeton University Press sent me a copy of Physics Professor Chuck …
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11.02.2014

Eli Maor and Eugen Jost,“Beautiful Geometry” (Princeton UP, 2014)

Beautiful Geometry (Princeton UP, 2014), by the mathematician prof. Eli Maor and the noted artist Eugen Jost.  It’s a fascinating collaboration which helps to bridge the gap deplored by C. P. Snow in his classic The Two Cultures.…
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8.11.2013

Edward Frenkel,“Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality” (Basic Books, 2013)

The book discussed in this interview is Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality Basic Books, 2013) by Edward Frenkel of the University of California at Berkeley.It’s a toss-up which is more interesting – the description of Frenkel’s life…
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26.09.2013

Colm Mulcahy,“Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects” (A K Peters, 2013)

[Re-posted with permission from Wild About Math] I had the pleasure of interviewing mathematician and mathematical card magic innovator Colm Mulcahy. Dr. Mulcahy just published a book, Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects (A K Peters, 2013...
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4.06.2013

Brian Clegg,“Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe” (Icon Books, 2013)

The book discussed in this interview is Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe (Icon Books, 2013), by Brian Clegg, an acclaimed British writer of books on science for the general public. Brian has a knack…
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6.05.2013

Leonard Wapner,“Unexpected Expectations: The Curiosities of a Mathematical Crystal Ball” (A.K. Peters, 2012)

Today I talked to Leonard Wapner about his new book Unexpected Expectations: The Curiosities of a Mathematical Crystal Ball (A.K. Peters, 2012).  Prof. Wapner’s previous book, The Pea and the Sun, was an in-depth investigation of the Banach-Tarski Th...
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2.04.2013

Lance Fortnow,“The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible” (Princeton UP, 2013))

Today we’ll be discussing Lance Fortnow‘s bookThe Golden Ticket:P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible (Princeton University Press, 2013).The book focuses on the challenges associated with solving problems requiring significant computation, such as “...
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13.03.2013

Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez,“Math on Trial” (Basic Books, 2013)

You may well have seen “Numb3rs,” a TV show in which mathematicians help solve crimes. It’s fiction. But, as Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez show in their eye-opening new book Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and …
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19.10.2012

Catherine Jami,“The Emperor’s New Mathematics: Western Learning and Imperial Authority During the Kangxi Reign (1662-1722)” (Oxford UP, 2012)

Challenging conventional modes of understanding China and the circulation of knowledge within the history of science, Catherine Jami‘s new book looks closely at the imperial science of the reign of the Kangxi Emperor (r. 1662-1722). It focuses on the…
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27.07.2012

Roger Hart,“The Chinese Roots of Linear Algebra” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011)

Roger Hart‘s The Chinese Roots of Linear Algebra (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) is the first book-length study of linear algebra in imperial China, and is based on an astounding combination of erudition and expertise in both Chinese history…
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