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“How can we tell whether a bird is being chased or leading?” asks Nela, trying to analyze the motion she sees in the sky. Author Cheryl Snell leads her readers to view the world … more

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cpw1952 reviewed The Fractal Murders (Pepper Keane Mys....
December 16, 2010

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The Fractal Murders is nothing if not unique! Here's a first novel based on a completely fascinating premise that presents interesting, realistic and superbly developed characters; that develops a … more

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GenreReviewer reviewed Exploring the World of Mathematics.
October 11, 2010

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"Exploring the World of Mathematics" is a history of the development of mathematics with some instruction on how to do the various types of math worked in. (Chapters 5, 9, and 10 were more focused … more

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cpw1952 reviewed Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Mat....
August 20, 2010

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What a wonderful motto for learning! To understand deep things simply, investigate simple things deeply. In "Coincidences, Chaos and All That Math Jazz", Burger and Starbird take that motto … more

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cpw1952 reviewed A Brief History of Infinity: The Ques....
July 31, 2010

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Perhaps I should state what I think should have been made a little more obvious. Clegg's "A Brief History of Infinity" is not a mathematics book. It is definitely a history book. In fact, … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed How to Think Like a Mathematician: A ....
July 18, 2010

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To be successful in mathematics, your mind must perform operations that are unlike the operations needed to do most other things. You must be able to hold abstract ideas, sometimes several at a time, … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed The Autonomy of Mathematical Knowledg....
July 17, 2010

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There are two broad categories of major players in any field of intellectual human endeavor; the people that pose the problems and the ones that (re)solve them. Unfortunately, history often allocates … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed A Course of Pure Mathematics Centenar....
July 10, 2010

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Although the sequence of the presentation of the fundamentals of mathematics has changed over the last century, the substance has not. There is no greater evidence of this fact than this classic work … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed I Want to be a Mathematician: A Conve....
July 10, 2010

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The late Paul Halmos was many things in and out of the world of mathematics. He was an educator, mathematician, teacher, writer, speaker, chronicler, and a bit of a philosopher. In this DVD, all of those … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt: And Ot....
July 09, 2010

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The mathematics largely dominates the physics in this book, the problems vary in the level of their physics difficulty but the math level stays pretty constant. In nearly all cases, understanding integrals, … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed The Mathematics of Games And Gambling....
July 07, 2010

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This book would be an ideal text for what would no doubt be a popular special topics course in game theory applied to gambling. While gambling has always been a popular recreation among humans, it is … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and S....
July 05, 2010

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While this book pays tribute to the incredible talent of Leonardo da Vinci, the coverage moves into areas of science that have little connection to what da Vinci did. While da Vinci was very modern (for … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Mathematical Interest Theory.
June 25, 2010

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It would be interesting to know if the near financial collapse of late 2008, the subsequent public outrage and move to re-regulate the financial industry has led to an increase in the enrollment in courses … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Random Networks for Communication: Fr....
June 24, 2010

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It is more realistic to consider the graphs describing computer networks to be pseudorandom rather than random. In other words, they have an underlying deterministic structure but the outward appearance … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Problems in Euclidean Space: Applicat....
June 23, 2010

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The following definition of convexity is used in this book. A subset X of R2 or R3 is convex if whenever x and y are in X the segment connecting them is also in X. Using … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Distributions: An Outline.
June 15, 2010

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For purposes of this book, the term "distributions" has the following definition. By `distributions" we understand the linear and continuous functionals on the space D of the functions … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Calculator Word Games.
June 15, 2010

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The appearance of the inexpensive hand-held calculator in the 1970's spawned a new form of recreation. Some of the digits rendered in the display had the appearance of letters when turned upside down. … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Musings of the Masters: An Anthology ....
May 30, 2010

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This is not a book about mathematics; the content is about the philosophy of mathematics, which is as old as abstract mathematics. When humans were limited to using mathematics to measure land and count … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed First Steps for Math Olympians: Using....
May 25, 2010

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For two years, I was the primary organizer of having the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) exams on campus and found the students taking the tests to be enthusiastic and eager to do well. Mathematics … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Exercises in Probability: A Guided To....
May 23, 2010

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This set of solved problems involves measure theory and probability and the level of difficulty is that of the Ph. D. student. The problems delve deeply into the theory of probability, independence, Gaussian … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed ABC's of Boolean Algebra.
May 12, 2010

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Although this book was printed nearly thirty years ago, the content still provides value; in fact it is roughly the first two chapters of the book that I last used for a college course in digital logic … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Ornamental Origami: Exploring 3D Geom....
May 10, 2010

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The increasing complexity and resultant beauty of origami designs continues to amaze me. When looking at the end result, it is hard to believe that the object was constructed by executing a series of … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed The Shape of Content: An Anthology of....
May 05, 2010

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This is not a book about teaching creative writing in mathematics and science nor is it a book about the role creative writing has in math and science. It is instead a collection of short works that have … more

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CharlesAshbacher reviewed Origami, Eleusis, and the Soma Cube: ....
May 05, 2010

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If the essence of Martin Gardner could be distilled and injected into the authors of mathematics textbooks for K-12 students, it would be the end to the phrase "math is hard." No one has ever demonstrated … more

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