Category Archives: Book of the Month

Book of the Month December: 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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Book of the Month November: 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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E = mc^2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation

October’s Book of the Month is : A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis. First published in 2003 by Walker and Company, paperback published 2001 by Berkley. (Adapted from the Amazon description) Beginning by introducing each … Continue reading

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Gamma – Exploring Euler’s constant

The September Book of the Month adds to the collection of books on particular “numbers” from last month: Gamma: Exploring Euler’s constant by Julian Havil, published in 2003 by Princeton Science Library and Brief History of Infinity: The quest to … Continue reading

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The Story of Phi

The August book of the month is actually a group of books, all “The Story of Phi” particular numbers. These books include a social history as well as the mathematical history. e: The story of a number by Eli Maor, … Continue reading

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