Reviews

This page contains pointers to reviews of books , plays , movies and television shows that are related to mathematics (but are not aimed solely at the professional mathematician). Links are given to reviews posted on the web. In some cases the source requires a subscription, password or searching the archives to access the review; in other cases the review may only be available in print, directly from the source.


Books Reviewed

Here's an article on the increased interest in books about mathematics and mathematicians:

"The numbers game: Why math books are hot," by Jane Boursaw and Tameka L. Hicks, USA Today Weekend Magazine, September 21, 2003

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* A *

Abel's Proof: An Essay on the Sources and Meaning of Mathematical Unsolvability, by Peter Pesic
Review by Lars Garding, "Abel's Proof, " Notices of the AMS, March 2004 (PDF Document 131KB)

After Math, by Miriam Webster
Review by Alex Kasman, "After Math, The Fractal Murders and Other Mathematical Murder Mysteries, " Notices of the AMS, October 2003 (PDF Document 128KB)

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, by Peter L. Bernstein
Review by S. L. Zabell, "Against the Gods: the Remarkable Story of Risk, " Notices of the AMS, January 1999 (PDF Document 85KB)
Review by John Rothchild, "Books in Brief: Nonfiction," New York Times Book Review , (search) February 16, 1997

Algebra in Ancient and Modern Times, by V. S. Varadarajan
Review by Ed Sandifer, "Read This!," MAA Online, 1998

The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbott. Introduction and notes by Ian Stewart
Review by A. K. Dewdney, "The Annotated Flatland, " Notices of the AMS, November 2002 (PDF Document 63KB)

The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician, by André Weil
Review by V.S. Varadarajan, "The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician--Autobiography of André Weil, " Notices of the AMS, April 1999 (PDF Document 131KB)

Arabesques: Decorative Art in Morocco, by Jean-Marc Castéra
Review by Gregory Buck, "Algorithms of Boundless Beauty," Science, April 20, 2001

* B *

A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar
Review by John Milnor, "John Nash and A Beautiful Mind, " Notices of the AMS, November 1998 (PDF Document 113KB)
Review by James Case, "The Life and Times of One of the Century's Most Gifted Individuals," SIAM News, June 1999
Review by Keith Devlin, New Scientist , September 5, 1998
Review by David Goodstein, "Mathematics to Madness, and Back," New York Times Arts section, (search) June 11, 1998

The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, by R. J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray.
Review by James Case, "Is the Bell Curve Statistically Sound?," SIAM News, January 1995
Review by Leon J. Kamin, Scientific American , Vol. 272 No. 2, February, 1995

Bertrand Russell: A Life, by Caroline Moorehead
Review by Philip J. Davis, "Russell's Real Paradox: The Wise Man Is a Fool," SIAM News, July 1994

Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921, by Ray Monk
Review by Stuart Hampshire, "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner," New York Review of Books November 28, 1996
Review by Richard Bernstein, "More Adept With Concepts Than People," New York Times Weekend section, (search) December 6, 1996
Review by A. C. Grayling, "Philosophy with Warts," New York Times Book Review , (search) December 29, 1996

Beyond the Limit: The Dream of Sofya Kovalevskaya, by Joan Spicci
Review by Ann Koblitz, "Beyond the Limit, " Notices of the AMS, January 2004 (PDF Document 76KB)

The Bible Code, by Michael Drosnin
Review by Allyn Jackson, with commentary by Shlomo Sternberg, "The Bible Code : A Book Review," Notices of the AMS, September 1997 (PDF Document 158KB)

The Bit and the Pendulum: How the New Physics of Information is Revolutionizing Science, by Tom Siegfried
Review by Solomon Golomb, "The Bit and the Pendulum, " Notices of the AMS, August 2002 (PDF Document 63KB)

The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe, by John D. Barrow
Review by Jean-Pierre Luminet, "The Book of Nothing, " Notices of the AMS, June/July 2002 (PDF Document 56KB)
Review by John O'Connor, "Nothing to it!," Nature , April 12, 2001

* C *

California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education, by Suzanne M. Wilson
Review by Anthony Ralston, "California Dreaming, " Notices of the AMS, November 2003 (PDF Document 91KB)

Called Too Soon By Flames Afar: Niels Hendrik Abel and His Times, by Arild Stubhaug
Review by Jesper Lutzen, "Called Too Soon By Flames Afar, " Notices of the AMS, August 2002 (PDF Document 132KB)

Celestial Encounters: The Origins of Chaos and Stability, by Florin Diacu and Philip Holmes
Review by Glen R. Hall, "The Human Minds Behind the Abstract Theorems of Celestial Mechanics," SIAM News, June 1997
Review by Robert L. Devaney, Science , December 20, 1996

The Code Book: The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography, by Simon Singh
Review by Jim Reeds, "The Code Book, " Notices of the AMS, March 2000 (PDF Document 61KB)

Codebreakers: Arne Beurling and the Swedish Crypto Program during World War II, by Bengt Beckman
Review by Friedrich Bauer, "Codebreakers, " Notices of the AMS, September 2003 (PDF Document  68KB)

The Colossal Book of Mathematics, by Martin Gardner
Review by Ed Pegg, "The Colossal Book of Mathematics, " Notices of the AMS, October 2002 (PDF Document 62KB)

A Concise History of Mathematics, by Dirk Struik
Review by David Rowe, "Looking Back on a Bestseller: Dirk Struik's A Concise History of Mathematics, " Notices of the AMS, June/July 2001 (PDF Document 68KB)

Conned Again, Watson!: Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability, by Colin Bruce
Review by Jim Tattersall, "Conned Again, Watson!, " Notices of the AMS, November 2002 (PDF Document 65KB)

Correspondence Grothendieck-Serre
Review by Michel Raynaud, "Correspondence Grothendieck-Serre, " Notices of the AMS, October 2003
(PDF Document 43KB)

Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World's Toughest Math Competition, by Steve Olson
Review by Daniel Ullman, "Count Down, " Notices of the AMS, August 2004 (PDF Document 203KB)
Review by Ken Fuson, "Count Down : Give Steve Olson credit for explaining why bright math minds should be admired, not reviled," Orlando Sentinel , (search) April 11, 2004
Review by Eric Arnesen, "Whiz kids," Chicago Tribune Books, (search) April 18, 2004

Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age, by Stephen Levy
Review by Scott McLemee, "Decoder Ring: How a Ragged Band Broke the Government's Hold on Cryptography," New York Times Book Review , (search) January 14, 2001

Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
Review by Alex Kasman, "Cryptonomicon, " Notices of the AMS, December 1999 (PDF Document 58KB)

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Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists, by Joel Best
Review by Lynn Steen, "Damned Lies and Statistics, " Notices of the AMS, February 2003 (PDF Document 91KB)
Review by Robert M. May, "Scientific uncertainties relating to the social issues of today," Nature , November 1, 2001

Does God Play Dice: The New Mathematics of Chaos, by Ian Stewart
Review by Philip Holmes, "Does God Play Dice: The New Mathematics of Chaos and What Shape is a Snowflake?, " Notices of the AMS, December 2002 (PDF Document 142KB)

* E *

Education of a Mathematician, by Philip J. Davis
Review by David Gale, "The Education of a Mathematician," Notices of the AMS, January 2001 (PDF Document 52KB)

Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics, by Edward Rothstein.
Review by Leonard Gillman, Mathematical Intelligencer . Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer 1998
Reviewed by Shai Simonson, "Read This!, " MAA Online, 1996
Review by Timothy Ferris, New York Times , June 7, 1995 (not online)
Review by Kendall L. Walton, New York Times Book Review , June 18, 1995 (not online)
Review by Jim Holt, The New Yorker , June 5, 1995 (not online)
Review by Jeffrey Nunemacher, American Mathematical Monthly , March 1997

Emergence of the Theory of Lie Groups. An Essay in the History of Mathematics, 1869-1926, by Thomas Hawkins
Review by David Rowe, "Emergence of the Theory of Lie Groups, " Notices of the AMS, June/July 2003 (PDF Document 275KB)

The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age, by James Horgan.
Review by David Hoffman, "The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age, " Notices of the AMS, February 1998 (PDF Document 171KB)

Enigma, by Robert Harris.
Review by Peter Hilton, "Enigma, " Notices of the AMS, June 1996 (PDF Document 53KB)
Reviewed in New York Times Book Review , October 22, 1995 (not online)

An Equation that Changed the World: Newton, Einstein, & the Theory of Relativity, by Harald Fritzsch (translated from the German by Karin Heusch)
Review by Kenneth Yarnall, Mathematical Intelligencer , Vol. 19 No. 2, Spring 1997

Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace, by Leonard Mlodinow
Review by Robert Langlands, "Euclid's Window, " Notices of the AMS, May 2002 (PDF Document 1632KB)

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity, by David Foster Wallace
Review by Michael Harris, "A Sometimes Funny Book Supposedly About Infinity," Notices of the AMS, June/July 2004 (PDF Document 223KB)
Review by Anthony Doerr, "From here to infinity: Germs, math, and the beauty of discovery," The Boston Globe Books, (search) October 19, 2003
Review by Jim Holt, "To Infinity and Beyond," The New Yorker , October 27, 2003
Review by David Papineau, "Everything and More : Room for One More," New York Times Book Review, (search ) November 16, 2003
Review by David Kipen, "Math meets humor for infinite wonder," The San Francisco Chronicle , (search) November 18, 2003
Review by John Freeman, "History books calculate infinity, toll of violence," Denver Post , (search) December 28, 2003
Review by Amir Aczel, "When good novelists do bad science," The Globe and Mail , (search) January 3, 2004
Review by Rudy Rucker, "Infinite Confusion," Science , January 16, 2004
Review by John Allen Paulos, "electrified Paté," The American Scholar, Winter 2004

Exploring Randomness, by Gregory Chaitin
Review by Panu Raatikainen, "Exploring Randomness and The Unknowable, " Notices of the AMS, October 2001 (PDF Document 109KB)



* F *

Fashionable Nonsense, by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.
Note: This is the U.S. title of the English translation of the French original "Impostures Intellectuelles," which appeared in Britain as "Intellectual Imposters."
Review by William Faris, "Impostures intelectuelles, " Notices of the AMS, August 1998 (PDF Document 96KB)
Review by John Sturrock, "La pauvre Sokal," London Review of Books, July 16, 1998
Review by Jim Holt, "Is Paris Kidding?" New York Times Book Review , (search) November 15, 1998

Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem, by Simon Singh.
Review by Allyn Jackson, "Fermat's Enigma, " Notices of the AMS, November 1997 (PDF Document 84KB)
Review by Roger Penrose, "Q.E.D.," New York Times Book Review , (search) November 30, 1997
Review by Richard Bernstein, "Following a Proof of Fermat's Theorem to the Far Horizon of Pure Reason," New York Times , (search) November 28, 1997

Fermat's Last Theorem for Amateurs, by Paulo Ribenboim
Review by Michael Rosen, "Fermat's Last Theorem for Amateurs, " Notices of the AMS, April 2000 (PDF Document 55KB)

Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem, by Amir D. Aczel
Review by Richard Bernstein, "Finding Buried Treasure in Beautiful Mathematics," New York Times , (search) December 16, 1996

Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So, by Ian Stewart
Reviewed by Jody Trout, "Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So, " Notices of the AMS, April 2002 (PDF Document65KB)
Review by Judith Rosen, "Narrative Plus Math Equals Sales," Publishers Weekly , April 16, 2001

Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved, by Robin Wilson
Review by Bjarne Toft, "Four Colors Suffice, " Notices of the AMS, February 2004 (PDF Document 93KB)
Review by Daniel S. Silver, "Map Quest," American Scientist , July-August 2003

The Fractal Murders, by Mark Cohen
Review by Alex Kasman, "After Math, The Fractal Murders and Other Mathematical Murder Mysteries, " Notices of the AMS, October 2003 (PDF Document 128KB)

Fractals and Chaos: The Mandelbrot Set and Beyond, by Benoit B. Mandelbrot
Review by Kenneth Falconer, "Infinite beauty," Nature , July 1, 2004

Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons, by Simon Levin
Reviewed by Martin Nowak and David Krakauer, "Fragile Dominion, " Notices of the AMS, May 2000
(PDF Document 69KB)

Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art, by Ivars Peterson
Review by Tony Phillips, "Fragments of Infinity, " Notices of the AMS, October 2002 (PDF Document 133KB)

Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin, by Stephen Jay Gould
Review by James Case, SIAM News , March 1997 (not online)

* G *

Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant, by Julian Havil
Review by Dan Segal, "Gamma, " Notices of the AMS, August 2004 (PDF Document 245KB)

Geometrical Landscapes: The Voyages of Discovery and the Transformation of Mathematical Practice, by Amir R. Alexander
Review by Reuben Hersh, "In Search of Interior Riches," American Scientist , May-June 2003

Geometry Civilised, by J. L. Heilbronn
Review by Ian Stewart, New Scientist , July 25, 1998

Geometry: Our Cultural Heritage, by Audun Holme
Review by H. Wu, "Geometry: Our Cultural Heritage, " Notices of the AMS, May 2004 (PDF Document128KB)

George Green: Mathematician and Physicist, 1793-1841: The Background to his Life and Work, by D. M. Cannell
Review by Philip J. Davis, SIAM News , July-August 1996 (not online)

Gödel: A Life in Logic, by John Casti and Werner de Pauli
Review by Martin Davis, "Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Times of Kurt Gödel and Gödel: A Life of Logic, " Notices of the AMS, September 2001 (PDF Document140KB)

Gödel's Proof, by Ernest Nagel and James R. Newman
Review by Timothy McCarthy, "Gödel's Proof, " Notices of the AMS, March 2004 (PDF Document 79KB)

The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number, by Mario Livio
Review by Eli Maor, "Symbol of Perfect Proportions," Science , February 14, 2003
Interview with Livio, "The Golden Ratio : Book Examines the Mystery of Phi, Pi's Lesser-Known Cousin," NPR's All Things Considered , March 13, 2003

* H *

A Handbook of Mathematical Discourse, by Charles Wells
Review by Steven Krantz, "A Handbook of Mathematical Discourse, " Notices of the AMS, September 2004 (PDF Document)

Helaman Ferguson: Mathematics in Stone and Bronze, by Claire Ferguson
Review by Philip J. Davis, "Mathematics and Art: The Work of Helaman Ferguson," SIAM News, May/June 1994
Review by J. W. Cannon, Mathematical Intelligencer , Vol. 18 No. 2, Summer 1996

The Hilbert Challenge, by Jeremy J. Gray
Review by Brian Blank, "The Hilbert Challenge and The Honors Class, " Notices of the AMS, September 2002 (PDF Document81KB)
Review by W. Timothy Gowers, "A scientist to count on," Nature , April 5, 2001

Hinged Dissections: Swinging and Twisting, by Greg N. Frederickson
Review by Mike Eisenberg, "King of Swing," American Scientist , May-June 2003

The Honors Class, by Benjamin Yandell
Review by Brian Blank, "The Hilbert Challenge and The Honors Class, " Notices of the AMS, September 2002 (PDF Document 81KB)
Review by John McCleary, "In Search of Solutions," American Scientist , May-June 2002
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, "A Most Influential Problem Set," Science , May 3, 2002
Review by W. Timothy Gowers, "Winning the Numbers Game," Nature , June 13, 2002

How the Other Half Thinks: Adventures in Mathematical Reasoning, by Sherman Stein
Review by Edward Barbeau, "How the Other Half Thinks: Adventures in Mathematical Reasoning and Mathematics Galore! Masterclasses, Workshops, and Team Projects in Mathematics and Its Applications, " Notices of the AMS, September 2002 (PDF Document 118KB)

Humble Pi: The Role Mathematics Should Play in American Education, by Michael K. Smith
Review by Conrad Plaut, "Eating Humble Pi, " Notices of the AMS, July 1995 (PDF Document 80KB)

* I *

Imaginary Numbers: An Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical Stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings, edited by William Frucht
Review by Alex Kasman, "Imaginary Numbers, " Notices of the AMS, August 2000 (PDF Document 62KB)

An Imaginary Tale: The Story of the Square Root of -1, by Paul J. Nahin
Review by Brian Blank, "An Imaginary Tale, " Notices of the AMS, November 1999 (PDF Document 76KB)
Review by Victor J. Katz, Science , January 22, 1999

Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen), by Barry Mazur
Review by Dietmar Dath and Steven Krantz, "Imagining Numbers, " Notices of the AMS, November 2003 (PDF Document60KB)
Review by Jonathan Heawood, "Some numbers you can't count on," The Guardian U.K., (search) May 18, 2003
Review by Marcus du Sautoy, "A problem squared," The Guardian - Books U.K., (search) October 18, 2003

Imposteurs Intellectuelles, by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont (See Fashionable Nonsense above.)
Review by William Faris, "Impostures intellectuelles, " Notices of the AMS, August 1998 (PDF Document 96KB)

In Code: A Mathematical Journey, by Sarah Flannery and David Flannery
Review by Rafe Jones, "In Code: A Mathematical Journey, " Notices of the AMS, April 2003 (PDF Document66KB)
Review by Kelle Love, "Prodigious Math," American Scientist , September-October 2001

Indiscrete Thoughts, by Gian-Carlo Rota
Review by Andrew Leahy, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)
Review by Philip J. Davis, SIAM News , April 1997 (not online)
Review by Steven G. Krantz, "Indiscrete Thoughts, ", Notices of the AMS, August 1997 (PDF Document 106KB)

Indra's Pearls: The Vision of Felix Klein, by David Mumford, Caroline Series and David J. Wright
Review by Al Marden, "Indra's Pearls," Notices of the AMS, January 2003 (PDF Document850KB)
Review by Brian Hayes, "On the Complex Plane," American Scientist , March 2003
Review by Michael Field, "Reflections of Reflections Without End," Science , March 7, 2003

The Infinite in the Finite, by Alastair Macintosh Wilson
Review by Elena Anne Marchisotto, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)

In Polya's Footsteps, by Ross Honsberger.
Review by David Graves, "Read This!," MAA Online (Undated)

The Invention of Infinity: Mathematics and Art in the Renaissance, by J.V. Field
Review by Anthony Phillips, "The Invention of Infinity," Notices of the AMS, January 2000 (PDF Document90KB)

Irving Fisher: A Biography, by Robert L. Allen
Review by Philip J. Davis, "The Economist as Bankrupt," SIAM News, November 1994

Isaac Newton, by James Gleick
Review by Steve Krantz, "Isaac Newton, " Notices of the AMS, December 2003 (PDF Document56KB)

It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science, edited by Graham Farmelo
Review by William Faris, "It Must Be Beautiful, " Notices of the AMS, March 2003 (PDF Document116KB)
Review by Ian Stewart, "In the eye of the beholder," Nature , March 21, 2002
Review by Robert Osserman, "Not All Equations Are Equal," American Scientist , November-December 2002

* J *

Julia: A Life in Mathematics, by Constance Reid
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)

The Jungles of Randomness, by Ivars Peterson
Review by Rick Durrett, "The Jungles of Randomness: A Mathematical Safari, " Notices of the AMS, June/July 1999 (PDF Document 59KB)
Review by Dex Whittinghill, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)

* K *

Karl Pearson: The Scientific Life in a Statistical Age, by Theodore M. Porter
Review by Peter J. Bowler. "Sorrows of the young statistician," Nature , July 29, 2004
Review by John Aldrich. "A Statistician in Embryo," American Scientist , July/August 2004
Review by Manfred D. Laubichler. "Tragedy Averted," Science, June 18, 2004
Review by Peter J. Bowler, "Sorrows of the young statistician," Nature , July 29, 2004

Kasparov versus Deep Blue: Computer Chess Comes of Age, by Monty Newborn
Review by Hans Berliner, "Kasparov versus Deep Blue: Computer Chess Comes of Age, " Notices of the AMS, April 1998 (PDF Document 46KB)
Review by James Case, "Computer Chess Moves to the Grandmaster Level," SIAM News, June 1997

Kepler's Conjecture: How Some of the Greatest Minds in History Helped Solve One of the Oldest Math Problems in the World, by George G. Szpiro
Review by Neil Sloane, "The proof of the packing," Nature , September 11, 2003
Review by Doron Zeilberger, "To Prove the Optimal Packing," Science , August 29, 2003

The Knot Book: An Elementary Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots, by Colin Adams
Review by De Witt Sumners, Mathematical Intelligencer , Vol. 19 No. 1 (Winter 1997)

Knots: Mathematics with a Twist, by Alexei Sossinsky, translated by by Giselle Weiss
Review by Andzej Stasiak, "A knotty story," Nature , January 30, 2003
Review by John Derbyshire, "Reconciling readers to a world of knots," The Washington Times , (search) March 9, 2003

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, by Liping Ma
Review by Roger Howe, "Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, " Notices of the AMS, September 1999 (PDF Document 81KB)

* L *

The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century, by David Salsburg
Review by Theodore Porter, "Statistical Tales," American Scientist , September-October 2001

The LaTeX Graphics Companion--Illustrating Documents with TeX and Postscript, by Michel Goosen, Sebastian Rahtz, and Frank Mittelbach
Review by Bill Casselman, "The LaTeX Graphics Companion and TeX Unbound --A Review of Two Books," Notices of the AMS, December 1999 (PDF Document 84KB)

The Life and Legacy of G. I. Taylor, by George Batchelor
Review by Peter Bradshaw, "The Life and Legacy of G. I. Taylor, " Bulletin of the AMS, July 1997

The Life of Stefan Banach, by Roman Kaluza
Review by Sheldon Axler, American Mathematical Monthly , June-July 1997

Linked: The New Science of Networks, by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
Review by Rick Durrett, "The New Science of (Random) Networks," Notices of the AMS, February 2004 (PDF Document118KB)

Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Work of Kurt Gödel, by John Dawson
Review by Martin Davis, "Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Times of Kurt Gödel and Gödel: A Life of Logic, " Notices of the AMS, September 2001 (PDF Document140KB)

* M *

The Magical Maze, by Ian Stewart
Review by Keith Devlin, New Scientist, 1998

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, by Paul Hoffman
Review by Paul Halmos, "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, " Notices of the AMS, October 1998 (PDF Document 62KB)
Review by Keith Devlin, "Read This!," MAA Online, 1998
Review by James Alexander, New York Times Book Review , (search) September 27, 1998

The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and Why Numbers are Like Gossip, by Keith Devlin
Review by Allyn Jackson, "The Math Gene, " Notices of the AMS, February 2001 (PDF Document50KB)

Mathematical Encounters of the 2nd Kind, by Philip J. Davis
Review by Gina Kolata, "No Effort Too Great, No Path Too Tortuous," SIAM News, 1997

The Mathematical Experience, Study Edition, by Philip J. Davis, Reuben Hersh, and Elena Anne Marchisotto
Review by Kenneth C. Millett, "The Mathematical Experience, Study Edition, " Notices of the AMS, November 1997 (PDF Document 71KB)

Mathematical Go: Chilling Gets the Last Point, by Elwyn Berlekamp and David Wolfe
Review by Richard K. Guy and Richard J. Nowakowski, "Mathematical Go: Chilling Gets the Last Point, " Bulletin of the AMS, 1995 (on JSTOR)

A Mathematical Mosaic: Patterns and Problem Solving, by Ravi Vakil
Review by Andre Toom, American Mathematical Monthly , January 1998 (on JSTOR)

A Mathematical Mystery Tour: Discovering the Truth and Beauty of the Cosmos, by A. K. Dewdney
Review by Lynn Steen, "A Mathematical Mystery Tour, " Notices of the AMS, February 2000 (PDF Document55KB)

Mathematical Reasoning: Analogies, Metaphors, and Images, edited by Lyn English
Review by Ed Dubinsky, "Mathematical Reasoning: Analogies, Metaphors, and Images, " Notices of the AMS, May 1999 (PDF Document 67KB)

Mathematical Reflections, by Peter Hilton, Derek Holton, and Jean Pedersen
Review by T.W. Koerner, "Mathematical Reflections and Mathematical Vistas, " Notices of the AMS, February 2003 (PDF Document108KB)

Mathematical Vistas, by Peter Hilton, Derek Holton, and Jean Pedersen
Review by T.W. Koerner, "Mathematical Reflections and Mathematical Vistas, " Notices of the AMS, February 2003 (PDF Document108KB)

A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market, by John Allen Paulos
Review by Robert Kuttner, "A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market : He Should Have Known Better," New York Times Book Review (search), November 2, 2003

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper, by John Allen Paulos
Review by Gina Kolata, "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper, " Notices of the AMS, March 1996 (PDF Document 99KB)
Review by Peter Hilton, American Mathematical Monthly , April 1996 (on JSTOR)

A Mathematician's Survival Guide: Graduate School and Early Career Development, by Steven G. Krantz
Review by Elizabeth Brown, "A Mathematician's Survival Guide, " Notices of the AMS, April 2004 (PDF Document101KB)

Mathematics and the Roots of Postmodern Thought, by Vladimir Tasic
Review by Michael Harris, "Postmodern at an Early Age," Notices of the AMS, August 2003 (PDF Document 126KB)

Mathematics Elsewhere: An Exploration of Ideas Across Cultures, by Marcia Ascher
Review by Victor Katz, "Mathematics Elsewhere, " Notices of the AMS, May 2003 (PDF Document 253KB)
Review by Helaine Selin, "An Inclusive perspective," Science , November 1, 2002
Review by John O'Connor, "Mathematics off the main line," Nature , October 10, 2002

Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers, by Jan Gullberg
Review by Donald J. Albers, Scientific American , September 1998

Mathematics Galore! Masterclasses, Workshops, and Team Projects in Mathematics and Its Applications, by C.J. Budd and C.J. Sangwin
Review by Edward Barbeau, "How the Other Half Thinks: Adventures in Mathematical Reasoning and Mathematics Galore! Masterclasses, Workshops, and Team Projects in Mathematics and Its Applications, " Notices of the AMS, September 2002 (PDF Document118KB)

The Mathematics of Juggling, by Burkard Polster
Review by Allen Knutson, "The Mathematics of Juggling, " Notices of the AMS, January 2004 (PDF Document 95KB)

Mathematics: The Science of Patterns, by Keith Devlin
Reviewed by H. O. Pollak, "Mathematics: The Science of Patterns, " Notices of the AMS, November 1996 (PDF Document 85KB)
Review by J. A. Rial, American Scientist , July 1995

Mathematics Without Borders. A History of the International Mathematical Union, by Olli Lehto
Review by J.W.S. Cassels, "Mathematics Without Borders, " Notices of the AMS, November 1999 (PDF Document39KB)

The Millennium Problems: The Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time, by Keith J. Devlin
Review by Brian Blank, "The Millennium Problems, " Notices of the AMS, September 2003 (PDF Document 96KB)
Review by Jeremy Gray, "Trying to figure it out," Nature , November 14, 2002
Radio interview with Devlin, "Wanted: Math Solutions," NPR's Weekend Edition , January 18, 2003
Review by Steve Kennedy, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?," American Scientist , March 2003
Review by Robert Matthews, "Go figure," New Scientist , January 3, 2004

The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics, by Marcus du Sautoy
Review by Kristen Leutwyler, "Math's Most Wanted," Scientific American , May 2003
Review by Ben Longstaff, "Prime time," New Scientist , May 10, 2003
Review by W.T. Gowers, "Prime time for mathematics," Nature , October 9, 2003

My Brain is Open, by Brian Schechter
Review by Keith Devlin, "Read This!," MAA Online, 1998

* N *

The Nature of Space and Time, by Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose.
Review by Claude LeBrun, "The Nature of Space and Time, " Notices of the AMS, December 1998
(PDF Document 76KB)

Nature's Numbers, by Ian Stewart.
Reviewed by J. E. Cremona, "Nature's Numbers, " Notices of the AMS, December 1997 (PDF Document58KB)
Review by Freeman Dyson, American Mathematical Monthly , August-September 1996
Review by John Malito, Mathematical Intelligencer , Winter 1997 (on JSTOR)

A New Kind of Science, by Stephen Wolfram
Review by Lawrence Gray, "A Mathematician Looks at Wolfram's A New Kind of Science, " Notices of the AMS, February 2003 (PDF Document382KB)
Review by Edward Rothstein, "A man Who Would shake Up Science," New York Times Arts & Ideas, (search) May 11, 2002
Review by Jim Giles, "What kind of science is this?," Nature , May 16, 2002
Interview by Richard Monastersky with Wolfram about his book, "An Independent Scientist Explains Why His Self-Published Book Is So Revolutionary," The Chronicle of Higher Education , May 17, 2002
Review by John L. Casti, "Science is a computer program," Nature , May 23, 2002
Review by Dennis Overbye, "Did This Man Just Rewrite Science?," New York Times, (search) June 11, 2002
Review by George Johnson, "What's So New in a Newfangled Science?," New York Times , (search) June 16, 2002
Review by Gareth Cook, "A challenging view of the universe," The Boston Globe , (search) June 19, 2002
Review by Greg Huang, "Life, the Universe, and Everything," The Atlantic Monthly , June 26, 2002
Review by Brian Hayes, "The World According to Wolfram," American Scientist , July-August 2002
Review by Peter Weiss, "In Search of a Scientific Revolution," Science News , August 16, 2003

Noeuds: Genèse d'une théorie mathématique, by Alexei Sossinsky
Review by Alain Goriely, "Noeuds, " Notices of the AMS, June/July 2000 (PDF Document 55KB)

Number: From Ahmes to Cantor, by Midhat Gazale
Review by Bryan Birch, "Number: From Ahmes to Cantor, " Notices of the AMS, August 2001 (PDF Document 50KB)

The Number Devil, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Review by Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Hyman Bass, "The Number Devil, " Notices of the AMS, January 2000 (PDF Document 72KB)

The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics, by Stanislas Dehaene
Review by Steven Rose, New York Times Book Review , (search) February 8, 1998

Numerology, or What Pythagoras Wrought, by Underwood Dudley
Review by Walter S. Sizer, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)

* O *

Once Upon a Number: A Mathematician Bridges Stories and Statistics, by John Allen Paulos
Review by Robert Matthews, New Scientist , January 16, 1999
Review by Colin Adams, "Once Upon a Number, " Notices of the AMS, September 1999 (PDF Document 48KB)

On the Shoulders of Giants, by Malcolm E. Lines
Review by Philip J. Davis, SIAM News , August-September 1995 (not online)

* P *

The Parrot's Theorem, by Denis Guedj
Review by Queena N. Lee-Chua, "The Parrot's Theorem, " Notices of the AMS, March 2001 (PDF Document 52KB)

The Parsimonious Universe, by Stefan Hildebrandt and Anthony Tromba
Review by Frank Morgan, American Mathematical Monthly , April 1997

Paul Dirac: The Man and His Work, by Abraham Pais, Maurice Jacob, David I. Olive, and Michael F. Atiyah
Review by Clifford H. Taubes, "Paul Dirac: The Man and His Work, " Notices of the AMS, October 1998 (PDF Document 72KB)

Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers, and the Return of Dr. Matrix, by Martin Gardner
Review by Richard Vinson, "Read This!," MAA Online (Undated)

Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures, by James Robert Brown
Reviewed by William Faris, "Philosophy of Mathematics, " Notices of the AMS, November 2000
(PDF Document65KB)

The Pleasures of Counting, by T. W. Körner
Review by Brian E. Blank, "The Pleasures of Counting, " Notices of the AMS, March 1998 (PDF Document 109KB)
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)
Review by David Berlinski, "Ground Zero," The Sciences , July/August 1997
Review by Peter Hilton, American Mathematical Monthly , May 1998 (on JSTOR)

Poetry of the Universe: A Mathematical Exploration of the Cosmos, by Robert Osserman
Review by Allyn Jackson, "A Geometer's View of Space-Time," Notices of the AMS, June 1995
(PDF Document 73KB)
Review by David N. Schramm, New York Times Book Review May 21, 1995 (not online)

Politics, Logic, and Love: The Life of Jean van Heijenoort, by Anita Burdman Feferman
Review by Jeffrey Nunemacher, American Mathematical Monthly , February 1995

Polyhedra, by Peter R. Cromwell
Review by Bill Casselman, "Polyhedra, " Notices of the AMS, September 1998 (PDF Document 97KB)
Review by Ed Sandifer, "Read This!," MAA Online, September 1999

Prime Numbers: A Computational Perspective, by Richard Crandall and Carl Pomerance
Review by Stan Wagon, "Prime Time," American Scientist , January 2002

Prime Obsession, by John Derbyshire
Review by Greg Mone, "The Grade A, Number 1 Prime Puzzle of Math," Popular Science ("Book of the Month" and extended review), May 2003
Review by Kristen Leutwyler, "Math's Most Wanted," Scientific American , May 2003
Review by Raymond Petersen, "Mathematics problem that remains elusive -- and beautiful," Washington Times , (search) August 17, 2003
Review by Enrico Bombieri, "The Indivisible Man," American Scientist , July-August 2003
Review by Brian Conrey, "Prime Time for the Riemann Hypothesis," Science , October 3, 2003
Review by W.T. Gowers, "Prime time for mathematics," Nature , October 9, 2003

A Primer of Mathematical Writing, by Steven G. Krantz
Review by Paul Halmos, "A Primer of Mathematical Writing, " Notices of the AMS, May 1997
(PDF Document 152KB)

Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption, by Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau
Review by Stewart Baker and Peter G. Neumann, "Privacy on the Line, " Notices of the AMS, June/July 1998 (PDF Document 88KB)

Proofs from THE BOOK, by Martin Aigner and Günter M. Ziegler
Review by Daniel Ullman, "Proofs from THE BOOK, " Notices of the AMS, August 1999 (PDF Document50KB)

Pythagoras' Trousers: God, Physics, and the Gender Wars, by Margaret Wertheim
Review by Philip J. Davis, "Deus Ex Hominibus: Science, Theology, and Masculinity," SIAM News, March 1998

* Q *

The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex, by Murray Gell-Mann
Review by James Case, "A Dedicated Conservationist Embraces The Science of Complexity," SIAM News, July 1994
Review by Timothy Ferris, "On the Edge of Chaos," New York Review of Books, September 21, 1995

Quasicrystals and Geometry, by Marjorie Senechal
Review by Charles Radin, "Quasicrystals and Geometry, " Notices of the AMS, April 1996 (PDF Document401KB)

* R *

Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights, by Robert P. Moses
Reviewed by Neal Koblitz, "Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights, " Notices of the AMS, March 2002 (PDF Document 71KB)

The Rainbow Bridge: Rainbows in Art, Myth, and Science, by Raymond L. Lee, Jr. and Alistair B. Fraser
Review by John A. Adam, "Like a Bridge Over Colored Water: Review of The Rainbow Bridge, " Notices of the AMS, December 2002 (PDF Document667KB)

Randomness, by Deborah J. Bennett
Review by Randall J. Swift, "Read This!,", MAA Online, 1998

Realism in Mathematics, by Penelope Maddy
Review by Morris W. Hirsch, Bulletin of the AMS , 1995 (on JSTOR)

Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe, by Michel Blay, translated by M. B. Debevoise.
Review by Margaret Wertheim, New Scientist , September 19, 1998

The Riemann Hypothesis: The Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics, by Karl Sabbagh
Review by Kristen Leutwyler, "Math's Most Wanted," Scientific American , May 2003
Review by Enrico Bombieri, "The Indivisible Man," American Scientist , July-August 2003
Review by James Alexander, "Mathematical Mystery," New York Times , (search) July 6, 2003

La Rivoluzione Dimenticata (The Forgotten Revolution), by Lucio Russo
Review by Sandro Graffi, "La Rivoluzione Dimenticata (The Forgotten Revolution), " Notices of the AMS, May 1998
(PDF Document 129KB)

* S *

The Science of Conjecture: Evidence and Probability before Pascal, by James Franklin
Review by Jane Hawkins, "Casting Light on the Shadow of Doubt," Science , October 19, 2001

the Search for Certainty: A Philosophical Account of Foundations of mathematics, by Marcus Giaquinto
Review by martin Davis, "Paradoxes in Paradise," American Scientist , may-June 2003

Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness, by Roger Penrose
Review by Hilary Putnam, Bulletin of the AMS , July 1995 (on JSTOR)
Review by William Faris, "Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness, " Notices of the AMS, February 1996 (PDF Document 135KB)
Review by John R. Searle, "The Mystery of Consciousness," New York Review of Books, November 2, 1995
Review by David L. Wilson, American Scientist , May-June 1995 (not online)
Review by David J. Chalmers, Scientific American , June 1995

Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age, by Duncan J. Watts
Review by Rick Durrett, "The New Science of (Random) Networks," Notices of the AMS, February 2004 (PDF Document118KB)
Review by Prabhakar Raghavan, "Making Connections," American Scientist , July-August 2003

Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks Between Order and Randomness, by Duncan J. Watts
Review by Carson Chow, "Small Worlds, " Notices of the AMS, September 2000 (PDF Document 66KB)

Stephen Smale: The Mathematician Who Broke the Dimension Barrier, by Steve Batterson
Review by Robion Kirby, "Stephen Smale: The Mathematician Who Broke the Dimension Barrier, " Notices of the AMS, December 2000 (PDF Document 59KB)

The Story of Mathematics, by Richard Mankiewicz
Review by Karen Parshall, "The Story of Mathematics, " Notices of the AMS, April 2002 (PDF Document 73KB)
Review by Karine chemia, "Not Quite the whole story," Nature , July 19, 2001

Strength in Numbers: Discovering the Joy and Power of Mathematics in Everyday Life, by Sherman K. Stein
Review by Keith Devlin, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)
Review by Jennifer R. Galovich, American Mathematical Monthly , August-September 1997
Review by Lawrence S. Braden, American Scientist , September/October 1997 (not online)
Review by Giuliana Davidoff, "Strength in Numbers, ", Notices of the AMS, May 1999 (PDF Document 51KB)

Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, by Steven Strogatz
Review by Bard Ermentrout, Review of Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, " Notices of the AMS, March 2004 (PDF Document 131KB)
Review by Robert Matthews, "Light in the Darkness," New Scientist , February 8, 2003
Review by J.J. Collins, "Move to the rhythm," Nature , March 13, 2003
Review by Mary Carmichael, "In Sync," Newsweek /MSNBC.com, March 17, 2003
Review by Gualitiero Piccinni, "Order from Chaos," Popular Science , April 2003
Review by Larry Marschall, "All Together Now: Clap," Discover , April 2003
Review by Nancy Kopell, "A Tree of Fireflies, a Flock of Boson Clouds," Science , June 20, 2003

* T *

TeX Unbound--LaTeX & TeX Strategies for Fonts, Graphics, & More, by Alan Hoenig
Review by Bill Casselman, "The LaTeX Graphics Companion and TeX Unbound--A Review of Two Books," Notices of the AMS, December 1999 (PDF Document 84KB)

A Tour of the Calculus, by David Berlinski.
Review by Paul Zorn, "A Tour of the Calculus, " Notices of the AMS, December 1996 (PDF Document 72KB)
Reviewed by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)
Review by Richard Bernstein, New York Times , (search) February 7, 1996
Review by Edward Rothstein, New York Times Book Review , (search) February 25, 1996
Review by Israel Kleiner, American Mathematical Monthly , March 1997 (on JSTOR)

Triangle of Thoughts, by Alain Connes, Andre Lichnerowicz, and Marcel Paul Schuetzenberger
Review by Yuri Manin, "Triangle of Thoughts, " Notices of the AMS, March 2002 (PDF Document167KB)

Trigonometric Delights, by Eli Maor
Review by Ian Stewart, New Scientist , 1998

* U *

El Ultimo Secreto de Colonia Dignidad (The Last Secret of Colonia Dignidad), by Carlos Basso
Review by Neal Koblitz, "A Tribute to Boris Weisfeiler," Notices of the AMS, January 2004 (PDF Document 145KB)

Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture, by Apostolos Doxiadis
Review by Allyn Jackson, "Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture and The Wild Numbers, " Notices of the AMS, November 2000 (PDF Document 46KB)

The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing, by Martin Davis
Review by Brian Blank, "The Universal Computer, " Notices of the AMS, May 2001 (PDF Document56KB)
Review by Christos H. Papadimitriou, "The Sheer Logic of IT," American Scientist , March-April 2001
Review by John Naughton, "Slaves to logic," Nature , April 19, 2001

The Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer, by Georges Ifrah
Review in two parts by Joseph Dauben, "The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer, " and "The Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer, " Notices of the AMS, January 2002 (PDF Document 133KB)
and February 2002 (PDF Document 196KB)

The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer, by Georges Ifrah
Review in two parts by Joseph Dauben, "The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer, " and "The Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer, " Notices of the AMS, January 2002 (PDF Document133KB)
and February 2002 (PDF Document196KB)

The Universe and the Teacup, by K. C. Cole
Review by William Berlinghoff, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)
Review by Randall Black, "Lovers of Popularized Science Will Find Teacup Half Empty," American Scientist, July/August 1998
Review by Robert Matthews, New Scientist , February 28, 1998
Review by Daniel Rockmore, "The Universe and the Teacup, " Notices of the AMS, March 1999 (PDF Document 57KB)

The Universe in a Nutshell, by Stephen Hawking
Review by Steven Krantz, "The Universe in a Nutshell, " Notices of the AMS, May 2002 (PDF Document57KB)

The Unknowable, by Gregory Chaitin
Review by Panu Raatikainen, "Exploring Randomness and The Unknowable, " Notices of the AMS, October 2001 (PDF Document109KB)

* V *

Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, by Edward Tufte
Review by Bill Casselman, "Visual Explanations, " Notices of the AMS, January 1999 (PDF Document 141KB)

* W *

What is Mathematics?: An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods, by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins, revised by Ian Stewart
Review by Leonard Gillman, American Mathematical Monthly , May 1998 (on JSTOR)
Review by Brian Blank, "What is Mathematics?: An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods, " Notices of the AMS, December 2001 (PDF Document 81KB)

What is Mathematics, Really ?, by Reuben Hersh
Review by Ed Dubinsky, "What Is Mathematics, Really?, " Notices of the AMS, October 1999 (PDF Document65KB)
Review by Fernando Gouvêa, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)

What Shape is a Snowflake?, by Ian Stewart
Review by Philip Holmes, "Does God Play Dice: The New Mathematics of Chaos and What Shape is a Snowflake?, " Notices of the AMS, December 2002 (PDF Document142KB)

What the Numbers Say, by Derrick Niederman and David Boyum
Reviewed by Robert Matthews, "Don't let the numbers get you down," New Scientist , May 31, 2003

Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being, by George Lakoff and Rafael Nuñez
Review by James Madden, "Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being, " Notices of the AMS, November 2001 (PDF Document 97KB)
Review by Joseph Auslander, "Embodied Mathematics," American Scientist , July-August 2001

Why Flip a Coin?, by Laurence A. Marschall
Review by H. W. Lewis, The Sciences July/August 1997

The Wild Numbers, by Philbert Schogt
Review by Allyn Jackson, "Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture and The Wild Numbers, " Notices of the AMS, November 2000 (PDF Document46KB)

Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post-World War II America, by Margaret A. M. Murray
Review by Judy Green, "Women Becoming Mathematicians, " Notices of the AMS, August 2001 (PDF Document)
Review by Evelyn Sander, "Against All Odds," American Scientist , January-February 2001

Women in Mathematics: The Addition of Difference, by Claudia Henrion
Review by Ann Hibner Koblitz, "Women in Mathematics: The Addition of Difference, " Notices of the AMS, May 1998 (PDF Document 72KB)
Review by Mary Shepherd, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)
"On the Outside Looking In: Women in Mathematics," (author not identified), SIAM News, March 1998

The World According to Wavelets: The Story of a Mathematical Technique in the Making, by Barbara Burke Hubbard
Review by David Jerison, "The World According to Wavelets, " Notices of the AMS, October 1999 (PDF Document69KB)

* Z *

The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars: An Exhibition of Surprising Structures across Dimensions, by Clifford A. Pickover
Review by Andrew Bremner, "The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars, " Notices of the AMS, March 2003 (PDF Document 94KB)

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, by Charles Seife
Review by Jeremy Gray, "Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea," Notices of the AMS, October 2000 (PDF Document 44KB)

Plays

Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard, directed by Trevor Nunn
Review by Allyn Jackson, "Love and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, ", Notices of the AMS, November 1995 (PDF Document78KB)
Review by Mary W. Gray, Mathematical Intelligencer , Vol. 17 No. 2, Spring 1995
Review by Anne Barton, "Twice Around the Grounds,", New York Review of Books, June 8, 1995 (not online)
Review by Ivars Peterson, "Drama in Numbers," Science News , December 21 & 28, 2002

Calculus, by Carl Djerassi
Review by Philip Ball, "Playing dirty," Nature , August 12, 2004

Fermat's Last Tango, by Joshua Rosenblum and Joanne Sidney Lessner
Review by Ivars Peterson, "Drama in Numbers," Science News , December 21 & 28, 2002

Partition, by Ira Hauptman
Review by Kenneth A. Ribet, "Partition, ", Notices of the AMS, December 2003 (PDF Document 96KB)

Proof, by David Auburn
Review by David Bayer, "Proof, " Notices of the AMS, October 2000 (PDF Document 51KB)
Review by Mark Saul, "The Mathematician's Proof, " Notices of the AMS, June/July 2001 (PDF Document 37KB)
Review by Bruce Weber, "'Proof': When the Mind and Hear Share an Elusive Equation," New York Times , (search) October 25, 2001
Review by Jonathan Knight, "The sum of the parts," Nature , January 31, 2002
Review by Ivars Peterson, "Drama in Numbers," Science News , December 21 & 28, 2002

Movies

A Beautiful Mind
Review by Lynne M. Butler,
"A Beautiful Mind , " Notices of the AMS, April 2002 (PDF Document103KB)
Review by James Case, "A Beautiful Mind--The Movie," SIAM News, 2002
Review by Nicholas Thompson, "The Math in 'A Beautiful Mind'," The Boston Globe , (search) January 1, 2002
Review by Dana Calvo, "'Beautiful Mind' Over the Usual Hollywood Matter," Los Angeles Times Online Calendar section (search) January 15, 2002
Review by Daniel Rockmore, "Exploiting a Beautiful Mind," The Chronicle of Higher Education , January 25, 2002
Report of 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace interview with John Nash about the film, "Nash: Film No Whitewash," CBS News, March 17, 2002
Review by Stephen Abbott, "A Beautiful Mind : Are We Allowed to Love This Movie?," Math Horizons , April 2002

On David Bayer (Barnard College), math consultant for the film A Beautiful Mind :
"Beautiful Mind 's Math Guru Makes Truth = Beauty," by Dana Mackenzie, Science , February 1, 2002
"Double Dept.: A Beautiful Hand," by Blake Eskin, The New Yorker , March 8, 2002

Enigma
Review by Kevin Thomas, "Enigma : Deciphering Codes and Allegiances," Los Angeles Times Online , April 19, 2002

Good Will Hunting, written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, directed by Gus Van Sant.
Review by Mark Saul, "Good Will Hunting, " with sidebar by Daniel J. Kleitman, Notices of the AMS, April 1998 (85KB)
Review by Janet Maslin, "Logarithms and Biorhythms Test a Young Janitor," New York Times Movies, (search) December 5, 1997

Pi, directed by Darren Aronofsky
Interview with the director on National Public Radio 7/31/98 (Requires Real Audio )
Review by Elvis Mitchell, (Requires Real Audio )
Reviewed by Stephen Holden, "Math as a Secret Decoder of Markets and Mysticism, New York Times , (search) April 3, 1998

See also: The Math in the Movies Page, a collection of reviews of math-related movies.

Television Shows

Horizon: Fermat's Last Theorem, written and edited by John Lynch; directed by Simon Singh
Review by Andrew Granville, "Review of BBC's Horizon Program, Fermat's Last Theorem, " Notices of the AMS, January 1997 (PDF Document 60KB)

Software

The Mathematical Explorer
Review by David Austin, "The Mathematical Explorer. An Interactive Mathematics Book," Notices of the AMS, June/July 2002 (PDF Document275KB)