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## Book of the Month: 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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## : 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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## 4000 Jahre Algebra (4000 Years of Algebra)

The July Book of the Month is in German: 4000 Jahre Algebra (4000 Years of Algebra) by Alten, Naini, Eick, Folkerts, Schlosser, Schlote, Wesemüller-Koch, & Wußing. First published in 2003 and republished by Springer-Verlag in 2014 (also available as an … Continue reading

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## Fantasia Mathematica

June’s Book of the Month is Fantasia Mathematica, a collection of mathematical stories, poems, and humour compiled by Clifton Fadiman, and first published by Simon & Schuster in 1958. Authors include Aldous Huxley, H.G. Wells, and Arthur C. Clarke. It … Continue reading

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## Metamagical Themas

May’s Book of the Month is Metamagical Themas by Douglas Hofstadter. First published in 1985 by Basic Books, available in hardback and paperback. Also available in French under the title Ma Thémagie (InterEditions, 1988). Our second ever Book of the … Continue reading

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## How To Lie With Statistics

April’s Book of the Month is How To Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff. Norton reissued this 1954 book in 1993, and this edition is available on Kindle. There is a 1991 Penguin edition and it has been translated into … Continue reading

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