Category Archives: Book of the Month

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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Mathematical Models

September’s featured book of the month is “Mathematical Models” by H.M. Cundy and A.P. Rolett. This classic was first published in 1952 by Oxford University Press, but was republished in paperback by Tarquin in 1981. As well as nets polyhedra, … Continue reading

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Indra’s Pearls – The Vision of Felix Klein

August’s featured book of the month is “Indra’s Pearls: The Vision of Felix Klein” by David Mumford, Caroline Series and David Wright. Wikipedia says: “The book explores the patterns created by iterating conformal maps of the complex plane called Möbius transformations, and their connections with symmetry and self-similarity. The … Continue reading

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Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions

July’s featured book of the month is “Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions” by Martin Gardner. This book, which was originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1959, and later by University of Chigaco Press in 1988, is the first of several collections … Continue reading

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