Category Archives: Book of the Month

The Exact Sciences in Antiquity

March’s Book of the Month is: The Exact Sciences in Antiquity by Otto Neugebauer. Second edition published in 1957 by Brown University Press, now republished by Dover in 1969. Commentary adapted from the Amazon website, see this link for further … Continue reading

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The Story of a Number

February’s Book of the Month is: The Story of a Number by Eli Manor. First published in 1993 and available in paperback in the Princeton Science Library. From the “Goodreads” website. See here for more details. “…. Geared to the … Continue reading

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Mathematics for the Million

January’s Book of the Month is Mathematics for the Million: How to Master the Magic of Numbers by Lancelot Hogben. First published in 1936 and reprinted many times. From the Prologue: “The customary way of writing a book about mathematics … Continue reading

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Historical Topics for the Mathematics Classroom

December’s Book of the Month is Historical Topics for the Mathematics Classroom by J.K. Baumgart, D.E. Deal, B.R. Vogeli, A.E. Hallerberg, eds., published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. This book has a summary of the history of … Continue reading

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Geometry and the Imagination

November’s Book of the Month is Geometry and the Imagination by Hilbert and Cohn-Vossen. First published in 1952. The AMS website says: “This remarkable book has endured as a true masterpiece of mathematical exposition. … The book is overflowing with … Continue reading

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The Laboratory of Mathematical Instruments

October’s site of the month: The Laboratory of Mathematical Instruments October’s book of the month: Bartolini Bussi, Maria G., Maschietto, Michela (2006). Macchine Matematiche. Springer Japanese Translation: Kyokusen no jiten : seishitsu rekishi sakuzuhoÌ, Tankoban Hardcover A mathematics teacher coming … Continue reading

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Proofs From The Book

April’s Book of the Month is Proofs From The Book by Martin Aigner and Günter Zeigler. (The first edition came out in 1998 — note the new editions) From the preface to the first edition. Paul Erdös liked to talk … Continue reading

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Mathematicians’s Delight

December’s Book of the Month is Mathematician’s Delight by W. W. Sawyer, Dover Publications 2007 (originally Penguin Books, 1943). This is Sawyer’s first book, and was written with the aim “to dispel the fear of mathematics.” According to the W. … Continue reading

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Gödel, Escher, Bach – An Eternal Golden Braid

November’s Book of the Month is Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Basic Books, 1979). This book is about symmetry, self-reference, and other fundamental mathematical ideas explored through the works of the three people named … Continue reading

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Cuentos Con Cuentas

October’s Book of the Month is Cuentos Con Cuentas by Miguel de Guzman (Labor, Barcelona, 1984). This is also published in English under the title The Countingbury Tales, translated by Jody Doran and published by World Scientific (2000). Have a … Continue reading

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