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## Book of the month: Étienne Ghys, La petite histoire des flocons de neige.

Seen up close, a snowflake reveals all sorts of splendors: a marvel of geometry and symmetry. In 1610, the great astronomer Johannes Kepler was astonished and wanted to explain why snowflakes have six branches. Etienne Ghys has in turn become … Continue reading

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## A Richer Picture of Mathematics – The Göttingen Tradition and Beyond

March Book of the Month is A Richer Picture of Mathematics – The Göttingen Tradition and Beyond by David E. Rowe. Historian David E. Rowe (Prof. em. for History of Natural Sciences at the University of Mainz) captures the rich … Continue reading

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## Developing Research in Mathematics Education

August’s book of the month is Developing Research in Mathematics Education: Twenty Years of Communication, Cooperation and Collaboration in Europe, edited by Tommy Dreyfus, Michèle Artigue, Despina Potari, Susanne Prediger, and Kenneth Ruthven. It is the first book in the … Continue reading

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## The Legacy of Felix Klein

December’s Book of the Month is The Legacy of Felix Klein by Hans-Georg Weigand, William McCallum, Marta Menghini, Michael Neubrand and Gert Schubring (Eds.) (2018). Throughout his professional life, Felix Klein emphasised the importance of reflecting upon mathematics teaching and … Continue reading

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## Three Volumes of Felix Klein’s “Elementary Mathematics from a Higher Standpoint”

The November Book of the Month is Elementary Mathematics from a Higher Standpoint by Felix Klein. The volumes, first published between 1902 and 1908, are lecture notes of courses that Klein offered to future mathematics teachers, realizing a new form … Continue reading

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## Journey Through Genius

The May Book of the Month is Journey Through Genius: The great theorems of mathematics by William Dunham, first published by John Wiley in 1990, and republished in Penguin Paperback in 1991. Dunham places each theorem within its historical context … Continue reading

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## Unsolved Problems in Number Theory

March Book of the Month is Unsolved Problems in Number Theory by Richard Guy, first published by Springer Verlag in 1981. Third edition (nearly three times the size!!) published in 2004. These problems are mostly very easy to understand, but … Continue reading

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## Famous Problems in Mathematics

January’s Book of the Month is Famous Problems in Mathematics by Heinrich Tietze, first published in German in 1959, and republished in 1990 by DTV. An English translation published by Graylock Press in 1964. The preface contains a beautiful metaphor … Continue reading

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## The Pythagorean Theorem

December’s Book of the Month is The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4000-year History by Eli Moar, published in 2007 by Princeton Science Library. This is the third book that celebrates a famous equation, in this case one that is so well … Continue reading

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## Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology

November’s Book of the Month is Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology by David Richeson, published in 2008 by Princeton University Press. (Adapted from the Amazon description) Leonhard Euler’s polyhedron formula describes the structure of many … Continue reading

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