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50th IMO — 50 Years of International Mathematical Olympiads, Hans-Dietrich Gronau, Hanns-Heirich Langmann, and Dierk Schleicher, editors
Review by Alex Bogomolny, MAA Reviews, April 26, 2011
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages, by Nancy Marie Brown
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, March 29, 2011
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 (131KB)
Review by David Graves, MAA Reviews, January 5, 2004
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
Review by Oaz Nir, Notices of the AMS, October 2008 (614 KB)
Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon
Review by Luc Sante, "Inside the Time Machine,"The New York Review of Books, 11 January 2007
Review by Craig Seligman, "New Pynchon Lacks Fire," The Detroit Free Press, 24 December 2006
The Age of Shiva, by Manil Suri
Review by Caryn James, "A Fire in the Heart,"The New York Times Sunday Book Review, 24 February 2008
Review by Orissa Plus,"Circle of Life," The Statesman, 30 January 2008
Interview by Lakshimi Indrasimhan, "No Magic Realism," Tehelka, 22 January 2008
Interview by Ziya Us Salam, "Writing is a lonely process," The Hindu, 20 January 2008
Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic, by Anita Burdman Feferman and Solomon Feferman
Review by Martin Davis, "The Man Who Defined Truth", American Scientist, March-April 2005
Review by Hourya Benis Sinaceur, Notices of the AMS, September 2007 (410KB)
Review by Amy Shell-Gellasch, MAA Reviews, May 28, 2005
Algebra in Ancient and Modern Times, by V. S. Varadarajan
Review by Ed Sandifer, "Read This!,"MAA Online, 1998
Review by Ed Sandifer, MAA Reviews, 1999
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 (63KB)
Review by Sarah Boslaugh, MAA Reviews, September 15, 2008
Arabesques: Decorative Art in Morocco, by Jean-Marc Castera
Review by Gregory Buck, "Algorithms of Boundless Beauty," Science, April 20, 2001
The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist, by Reviel Netz and William Noel
Reviewed by J. L. Berggren, Notices of the AMS, September 2008 (1.58 MB)
Review by Brian Clegg, "Archimedes' secrets revealed." Nature, 15 November 2007
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, March 25, 2008
Arthur Cayley: Mathematician Laureate of the Victorian Age by Tony Crilly.
Reviewed by A.W.F. Edwards, "The Forgotten Mathematician," Nature, June 1, 2006
Review by Daniel S. Silver, "The Secret History of Mathematicians," American Scientist, November-December 2006
Review by Jeremy Gray, MAA Reviews, May 25, 2006
The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed, by Amir D. Aczel
Review by Steven Poole, "Sound Advice," The Guardian Unlimited, September 8, 2007
Review by Michael Atiyah, Notices of the AMS, October 2007 (2956KB)
Review by Tony Lewis, "Fictitious character didn't add up," The Providence Journal, 15 October 2006
The Art of Mathematics: Coffee Time in Memphis, by Béla Bollobás
Review by James Propp, "Theorems to Savor,"American Scientist, November-December 2007
At Home with André and Simone Weil, English translation of Chez les Weils, translated by Benjamin Ivry
Review by Michèle Audin, Notices of the AMS, May 2011, page 697
Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World, by Christopher Steiner
Review by Jeanne Destro, USA Today, September 16, 2012
The Ballet of the Planets: A Mathematician’s Musings on the Elegance of Planetary Motion, by Donald C. Benson
Review by Dianne Castaneda, Universe Today, March 14, 2012
Review by P. N. Ruane, MAA Review, September 30, 2012
A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature, by Tom Siegfried
Review by Ken Binmore, "Psychohistory in the Making?,"American Scientist, July-August 2007
Review by Jacquelyn A. Flowers, MAA Reviews, November 30, 2006
Beautiful Mathematics, by Martin Erickson
Review by Alex Bogomolny, MAA Reviews, March 16, 2012
The Beauty of Everyday Mathematics, by Norbert Herrmann
Review by David S. Mazel, MAA Reviews, February 16, 2012
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World, by David Deustch
Review by William G. Faris, Notices of the AMS, April 2012, page 544
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
Benjamin Franklin's Numbers, by Paul C. Pasles
Review by Jared Wunsch, "Magic squares and circles," Nature, 27 December 2007
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, November 7, 2007
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
The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny, by Ivar Ekeland
Review by Hector Sussmann, Notices of the AMS, March 2009 (172 KB)
Review by Joseph Mazur, "On the Right Path," Nature, January 4, 2007
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010, Mircea Pitici, editor
Review by Bill Wood, MAA Reviews, April 26, 2011
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012, edited by Mircea Pitici
Review by Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews, November, 29, 2012
Beyond the Limit: The Dream of Sofya Kovalevskaya, by Joan Spicci
Review by Ann Koblitz, "Beyond the Limit,"Notices of the AMS, January 2004 (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 ( 158KB)
The Big Questions: Mathematics, by Tony Crilly
Review by Paul Zorn, Notices of the AMS, September 2012
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 (3KB)
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Review by David Aldous, Notices of the AMS, March 2011, page 427
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 (56KB)
Review by John O'Connor, "Nothing to it!," Nature, April 12, 2001
The Book of Numbers, by Peter J. Bentley
Review by Steven Poole, "The Numbers," The Guardian (U.K.), July 5, 2008
Bourbaki, A Secret Society of Mathematicians, by Maurice Mashaal
Review by Michael Atiyah, Notices of the AMS, October 2007 (2956KB)
Review by Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, July 19, 2006
The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue, by William Dunham
Review by Judith V. Grabiner, "Landmarks on the Road to Modern Analysis," Science, June 24, 2005
Review by Victor J. Katz, "Reading the Masters,"American Scientist, January-February 2006
Review by Ed Sandifer, MAA Reviews, March 19, 2007
The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned About Life While Corresponding About Math, by Steven Strogatz
Review by Brie Finegold, "Correspondence in Flux," Science, October 30, 2009
Review by Becky Ferreira, Bookslut, September 2009
Review by Lawrence S. Braden, Notices of the AMS, June-July 2010 (2.51 MB)
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, October 2, 2009
The Calculus of Selfishness, by Karl Sigmund
Review by David Krakauer, "Selfish Games," Science, May 21 2010, pages 977-978
Review by Cosma Shalizi, "Honor Among Thieves,"American Scientist, January-February 2011, pages 87-88
Review by Sarah Boslaugh, MAA Reviews, August 17, 2010
Review by Olle Häggström, Notices of the AMS, January 2012, page 47
The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematical Clash of All Time, by Jason Socrates Bardi
Review by Brian E. Blank, Notices of the AMS, May 2009 (124 KB)
California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education, by Suzanne M. Wilson
Review by Anthony Ralston, "California Dreaming,"Notices of the AMS, November 2003 (1KB)
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 (132KB)
Review by Jeremy Gray, MAA Reviews, November 4, 2000
The Cat in Numberland, by Ivar Ekeland, illustrated by John O'Brien
Review by James Propp, Notices of the AMS, Janaury 2009 (3.5 MB)
Celestial Encounters: The Origins of Chaos and Stability, by Florin Diacu and Philip Holmes
Review by Glen R. Hall, SIAM News, June 1997 (not online)
Review by Robert L. Devaney, Science, December 20, 1996
A Certain Ambiguity (A Mathematical Novel), by Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal
Review by Kala Krishnan Ramesh, "The Magic of Numbers," The Hindu, June 1, 2008
Review by Danny Calegari, Notices of the AMS, February 2008 (1.14 MB)
Review by Donald L. Vestal, MAA Reviews, September 26, 2007
Chasing Shadows: Mathematics, Astronomy, and the Early History of Eclipse Reckoning, by Clemency Montelle
Review by Christopher Linton, Notices of the AMS, March 2012, page 430
Chaos: The Science of Predictable Random Motion, by Richard Kautz
Review by David S. Mazel, MAA Reviews, October 30, 2012
The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes: Fifty Tantalizing Problems of Chess Detection, by Raymond M. Smullyan
Review by Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, April 26, 2012
Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative, edited by Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur
Review by William J. Satzer, MAA Reviews, July 5, 2012
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 (1KB)
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 (68KB)
Review by Donald L. Vestal, MAA Reviews, June 27, 2003
The Colossal Book of Mathematics, by Martin Gardner
Review by Ed Pegg, "The Colossal Book of Mathematics,"Notices of the AMS, October 2002 (62KB)
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 (65KB)
Review by Daniel H. Cohen, MAA Reviews, January 18, 2001
Continuums, by Robert Carr
Review by Jim Bartley, "A Debut you can count on," Globe and Mail, March 7, 2009
Converging Realities: Toward a Common Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics, by Roland Omnès
Review by Reuben Hersh, "A Physicist's Philosophy of Mathematics,"American Scientist, July-August 2005
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, February 5, 2005
Correspondence Grothendieck-Serre
Review by Michel Raynaud, "Correspondence Grothendieck-Serre,"Notices of the AMS, October 2003
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Review by David P. Roberts, MAA Reviews, June 1, 2004
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 (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
Review by Kathryn Weld, MAA Reviews, November 9, 2004
Cows in the Maze, by Ian Stewart
Review by John Perry, MAA Focus, August/September, page 28
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 ( 58KB)
The Cult of Statistical Significance, by Stephen T. Ziliak and Deirdre N. McCloskey
Review by Theodore M. Porter, "Signifying Little," Science, June 6, 2008
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 ( 91KB)
Review by Robert M. May, "Scientific uncertainties relating to the social issues of today," Nature, November 1, 2001
Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Weiner, the Father of Cybernetics, by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman
Review by Michael B. Marcus, Notices of the AMS, May 2006 ( 113KB)
Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, From our Brains to Black Holes, by Charles Seife
Review by Robert J. McEliece, "Life, the Universe and entropy," Nature, May 25, 2006
Descartes's Secret Notebook: A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe, by Amir D.Aczel
Review by Dorothy Clark, "A suspensful tale of Descartes's secrets," The Boston Globe, December 14, 2005
Descartes, the Pioneer of the Scientific Revolution, by Desmond Clarke
Review by Michel Serfati, Notices of the AMS, January 2008 ( 5.54 MB)
The Devotion of Suspect X, by Keigo Higashino. Translated, from the Japanese, by Alexander O. Smith
Review by Carlo Wolff, "Math and mystery in modern Japan,"Boston Globe, February 7, 2011
Digital Dice: Computational Solutions to Practical Probability Problems, by Paul J. Nahin
Review by Brian Hayes, "Programs and Probabilities,"American Scientist, July-August 2008
Review by David S. Mazel, MAA Reviews, July 7, 2008
Dr Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills, by Paul Nahin
Review by Timothy Gowers, "A mathematical tonic," Nature, 14 September 2006
Review by Henry Ricardo, MAA Reviews, October 10, 2006
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow
Review by Elizabeth Quill, Science News, August 2, 2008
Review by Evan R. Goldstein, "Nota Bene: The Accidental Life," The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 20, 2008
Review by George Johnson, "Playing the Odds,"New York Times, June 8, 2008
Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs and the Rise of Modern Mathematics, by Amir Alexander
Review by Michael Patrick Brady, "The Rise Of Modern Mathematics,"Forbes, April 13, 2010
Review by Jascha Hoffman, "Beyond the image of the tragic genius," Nature, April 15, 2010, p. 980
Review by Daniel S. Silver, Notices of the AMS, November 2010
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, January 22, 2011
Education of a Mathematician, by Philip J. Davis
Review by David Gale, "The Education of a Mathematician,"Notices of the AMS, January 2001 ( 52KB)
Review by P. N. Ruane, MAA Reviews, November 28, 2002
Einstein's Heroes: Imagining the World Through the Language of Mathematics, by Robyn Arianrhod
Review by Alfred Scharff Goldhaber, "Math as a Language in Its Own Right,"American Scientist, March-April 2006
Review by Christopher E. Barat, MAA Reviews, September 14, 2006
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, 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 ( 275KB)
Emmy Noether: The Mother of Modern Algebra, by M. B. W. Tent
Review by Benno Artmann, Notices of the AMS, October 2009 ( 52 KB)
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, November 21, 2008
Enigma, by Robert Harris.
Review by Peter Hilton, "Enigma,"Notices of the AMS, June 1996 ( 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
The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved, by Mario Livio
Review by Mary Carmichael, "Analyze These!," Newsweek, December 5, 2005
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, January 26, 2006
The Equations: Icons of Knowledge, by Sander Bais
Review by Malcolm Longair, "Summing up physics," Nature, 23 March 2006
Review by David M. Bressoud, MAA Reviews, December 28, 2005
The Essential Turing, A.M. Turing, B. Jack Copeland, Editors
Review by Andrew Hodges, Notices of the AMS, November 2006 ( 844KB)
Review by Jerry Lodder, MAA Reviews, August 11, 2005
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 ( 1632KB)
Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life, by Martin Nowak
Review by Sean Nee, Nature, 2 November 2006 (page 37)
Review by Steven A. Frank, "Master Class in Evolutionary Modeling," Science, 22 December 2006
Review by Carlos Castillo-Chavez and Carlos Castillo-Garsow, "Analytical Tools for Evolutionary Processes,"American Scientist, November-December 2007.
Excursions into Mathematics: The Millenium Edition, by Anatole Beck, Michael N. Bleicher, and Donald W. Crowe
Review by Ana Momidic-Reyna, MAA Reviews, April 12, 2011
Expeditions in Mathematics, edited by Tatiana Shubin, David F. Hayes, and Gerald L. Alexanderson
Review by Mike Daven, MAA Reviews, December 1, 2011
Fascinating Mathematical People: Interviews and Memoirs, Edited by Donald J. Albers and Gerald L. Alexanderson
Review by Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, September 22, 2011
Books in brief, Nature, September 15, 2011, page 277
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 ( 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
Fearless Symmetry: Exposing the Hidden Patterns of Numbers, by Avner Ash and Robert Gross
Review by Carren Glass, MAA Reviews, July 17, 2006
Review by Dino Lorenzini, "Fearless Symmetry--A Book Review,"Notices of the AMS, January 2007 ( 60KB)
Review by Timothy Gowers, "The roots of complex problems." Nature, 1 March 2007
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 ( 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 ( 55KB)
Review by David Graves, MAA Reviews, January 25, 2001
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
Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician's Journey Through Symmetry, by Marcus du Sautoy
Review by Graham Farmelo, The Telegraph, 27 January 2008 "Mirror Games,"The Economist, 31 January 2008
Review by Alan Cane, "The nature of symmetry," Financial Times, 2 February 2008
Review by Lisa Jardine,"Finding Moonshine," The Sunday Times (UK) 3 February 2008
Review by Mark Ronan, "Multi-dimensional lives," Nature, 7 February 2008
The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid: In Which Coloured Diagrams and Symbols Are Used Instead of Letters for the Greater Ease of Learners, by Oliver Byrne
Review by Steven Heller, "Forms and Functions,"New York Times Book Review, August 22, 2010
Review by Gerald L. Alexanderson, MAA Reviews, July 22, 2010
Five-Minute Mathematics, by Ehrhard Behrends
Review by Joyce Fischer, Mathematics Teacher, March-April, p. 639
Review by David Richeson, MAA Reviews, July 6, 2008
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 ( 65KB)
Review by Judith Rosen, "Narrative Plus Math Equals Sales," Publishers Weekly, April 16, 2001
Review by Thomas F. Banchoff, MAA Reviews, August 29, 2001
Fly me to the Moon, by Edward Belbruno
Review by Shane Ross, Notices of the AMS, April 2008 ( 134.85 KB)
Review by Jeff Suzuki, MAA Reviews, June 20, 2007
The Formation of Scholars: Rethinking Doctoral Education for the Twenty-First Century, by George E. Walker, Chris M. Golde, Laura Jones, Andrea Conklin Bueschel, and Pat Hutchings
Review by David Manderscheid, Notices of the AMS, May 2009 ( 112 KB)
Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System that Beat the Casinos and Wall Street, by William Poundstone
Review by Elwyn Berlekamp, "Bettor Math,"American Scientist, November-December 2005
Review by Toby Donaldson, MAA Reviews, January 3, 2006
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 ( 93KB)
Review by Daniel S. Silver, "Map Quest," American Scientist, July-August 2003
Fractals and Chaos: The Mandelbrot Set and Beyond, by Benoît 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 (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 (133KB)
From Zero to Infinity (50th Anniversary Edition), by Constance Reid
Review by Bruce Reznick, "From Zero to Infinity--A Book Review,"Notices of the AMS, February 2007 (223KB)
Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin, by Stephen Jay Gould
Review by James Case, SIAM News, March 1997 (not online)
The Game of Cops and Robbers in Graphs, by Anthony Bonato and Richard J. Nowakowski
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, December 29, 2011
Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant, by Julian Havil
Review by Dan Segal, "Gamma,"Notices of the AMS, August 2004 ( 245KB)
The Genius in my Basement: The Biography of a Happy Man, by Alexander Masters
Review by Andrew Martin. Financial Times, August 26, 2011
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 ( 128KB)
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)
God Created the Integers, by Stephen Hawking
Review by Kevin Crowley, inthenews.co.uk, 12 September 2006
Gödel's Proof, by Ernest Nagel and James R. Newman
Review by Timothy McCarthy, "Gödel's Proof,"Notices of the AMS, March 2004 ( 79KB)
Review by Andrew Hodges, "In Retrospect: Gödel's proof," Nature, August 14, 2008
Gödel's Theorem: An Imcomplete Guide to its Use and Abuse, by Torkel Franzén
Review by Panu Raatikainen, Notices of the AMS, March 2007 (787KB)
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
Review by George Markowsky, "The Golden Ratio,"Notices of the AMS, March 2005 ((77KB)
Group Theory in the Bedroom, by Brian Hayes
Review by David Austin, Notices of the AMS, February 2009 ( 94 KB)
Review by Mark Athitakis, "How things add up,"Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 11, 2008
Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin, by Lawrence Weinstein
Review by Dominic Klyve, MAA Reviews, September 3, 2012
Handbook of Floating-Point Arithmetic, Jean-Michel Muller, et al
Review by Brian Hayes, "Murkiness in Numerical Computing,"American Scientist, January-February 2012
A Handbook of Mathematical Discourse, by Charles Wells
Review by Steven Krantz, "A Handbook of Mathematical Discourse,"Notices of the AMS, September 2004 ()
Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math, by Alex Bellos
Review by David S. Mazel, MAA Reviews, March 10, 2011
Review by Elizabeth Quill, "Here's Looking at Euclid," Science News, September 11, 2010, p. 30
Review by Fred Bortz, "Book review: 'Here's Looking at Euclid,' by Alex Bellos,"Dallas Morning News, August 8, 2010
Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem, by Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan
Review by Alan Hirshfeld, "All Hail the Hypotenuse,"Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2011
The Hilbert Challenge, by Jeremy J. Gray
Review by Brian Blank, "The Hilbert Challenge and The Honors Class,"Notices of the AMS, September 2002 ( 81KB)
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 ( 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 I Became a Quant, by Richard R. Lindsey and Barry Schachter
Review by Emanuel Derman, "Finance by the Numbers", Wall Street Journal Online, August 22, 2007
How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics, by William Byers
Review by Reuben Hersh, Notices of the AMS, December 2007( 145.5 KB)
Review by Donal O'Shea, "What do mathematicians do?," Nature, October 25, 2007
How to Fold It: The Mathematics of Linkages, Origami, and Polyhedra, by Joseph O'Rourke
Review by Alex Bogomolny, MAA Reviews, December 19, 2011
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 ( 80KB)
Hypatia of Alexandria, Mathematician and Martyr, by Michael A. Deakin
Interview by Shelley Widhalm, "The first lady of math," The Washington Times, 14 December 2007
I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science, by Marjorie Senechal
Review by Philip Ball, "Symmetry Wars," Nature, December 6, 2012
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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 60KB)
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 ( 96KB)
In Code: A Mathematical Journey, by Sarah Flannery and David Flannery
Review by Rafe Jones, Notices of the AMS, April 2003 ( 66KB)
Review by Kelle Love, "Prodigious Math," American Scientist, September-October 2001
Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, by Rebecca Goldstein
Review by Gregory H. Moore, "The Incomplete Gödel,"American Scientist, September-October 2005
Review by Juliette Kennedy, Notices of the AMS, April 2006 ( 166KB)
The Indian Clerk, by David Leavitt
Review by Brigitte Frase, "'The Indian Clerk: A Novel' by David Leavitt," The Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2007
Interview with Leavitt by Arthur J. Pais, "God, math, and Ramanujan's fascinating story,", Rediff India Abroad, September 3, 2007 Review by Robert J. Hughes, "A Mathematician Times Five," The Wall Street Journal Online, September 7, 2007
Review by David Mason, "Resonant Numbers," The Washington Post, September 9, 2007
Review by John Freeman,"Calculating relationships in 'The Indian Clerk'," Newsday.com, September 9, 2007
Review by Nilanjana S. Roy, "Mind the Gap," Business Standard, September 11, 2007
Review by Nell Freudenberger, "Lust for Numbers," New York Times Book Review, September 16, 2007
Review by Yvonne Zipp, "Passage from India for a Math Genius," Christian Science Monitor, September 18, 2007
Review by Ed Lake, "Calculated to please." Telegraph (UK), 2 October 2007
Interview with Leavitt by Scott Simon, "'The Indian Clerk' Who Changed Mathematics,"NPR Weekend Edition, October 13, 2007
Review by Shougat Dasgupta. "Clerk Kent," Tehelka (India), 20 October 2007
Review by Nilanjana S. Roy. "The Indian Clerk and the Trinity Man," Business Standard, 23 October 2007
Review by Robert Hilferty. "David Leavitt's Novel Mates Math Genius, Gay Don in World War I," Bloomberg, 24 October 2007
Review by M Bhaktavatsala. "The clerk and the librarian," Deccan Herald (India), 28 October 2007
Review by Anna Mundow. "Opium, advanced mathematics, and no simpering," Boston Globe, 28 October 2007
Review by Shobhit Mahajan. "A Head for Numbers," Outlook India, 29 October 2007
Review by Steven E. Alford, "Math and the human equation." Houston Chronicle, 16 November 2007
Review by Nancy Wigston. "Genius, jealousy, sex and mathematics," The Star, 20 January 2008
Review by Andrew Robinson, "The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt." (UK), 1 February 2008
Review by Hugo Barnacle, "The Indian Clerk by David Leavittee." The Sunday Times (UK), 17 February 2008
Review by Heini Halberstam, Notices of the AMS, September 2008 ( 532 KB)
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 ( 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 ( 850KB)
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 Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless, by John D. Barrow
Review by Greg Ross, Nanoviews, American Scientist, September-October 2005
The Infinite in the Finite, by Alastair Macintosh Wilson
Review by Elena Anne Marchisotto, "Read This!,"MAA Online (undated)
Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable, by Brian Clegg
Review by Kevin R. Burger, "Read This!," MAA Online, February 2005
The Infinity Puzzle, by Frank Close
Review by Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, November 22, 2011
Reviewed by Brian E. Blank, Notices of the AMS, August 2012
The Infinities, by John Banville
Review by Laura Miller, "Oh, Gods,"The New York Times Book Review, March 7, 2010
The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood, by James Gleick
Review by Andrew Robinson, "Lots on Info, Not always Accurate," Science, September 30, 2011
In Polya's Footsteps, by Ross Honsberger.
Review by David Graves, "Read This!," MAA Online (Undated)
In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman, by William J. Cook
Review by Brian Hayes, "Mathematical Road Trips,"American Scientist, May-June 2012
Review by Scott McLemee, "Algorithm of a Salesman,"Inside Higher Ed, March 21, 2012
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 ( 90KB)
Introduction to Circle Packing: The Theory of Discrete Analytic Functions, by Kenneth Stephenson
Review by David Mumford, "Stuff It!,"American Scientist, January-February 2006
The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On, by Julian Havil
Review by Richard Wilders, MAA Review, August 6, 2012
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up, by John Allen Paulos
Review by Vithal C. Nadkarni, "Logic can't answer ultimate questions," The Economic Times (India), 30 January 2008
Review by Ron Csillag, "Math + religion = Trouble," The Star, 26 January 2008
Review by Michiko Katutani, "Prime Roller, Prepare to Meet a Wiseacre," The New York Times, 22 January 2008
Review by Jim Holt, "Proof," The New York Times, 13 January 2008
Review by Olle Häggström, "Irreligion,"Notices of the AMS, August 2008 ( 372KB)
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 (56KB)
Is God a Mathematician?, by Maria Livio
Review by Phillip Manning, "The magical marriage of math and science,"News & Observer (NC), June 7, 2009
Review by Amy De Kanter, "Purest of Sciences," The Star (Malaysia), May 22, 2009
Review by Donna Bowman, A.V. Club, March 12, 2009
Review by Joab Jackson, Urbanite (Baltimore), March 2009
Review by Marc Kaufman, "The Structure of Everything," Washington Post, February 8, 2009
A Talk with Mario Livio, by Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe, February 8, 2009
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 ( 116KB)
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
I Want to Be a Mathematician: A Conversation with Paul Halmos, A film by George Csicsery
Review by John Ewing, Notices of the AMS, June/July 2011, page 810
James Joseph Sylvester: Jewish Mathematician in a Victorian Worldb>, by Karen Parshall
Review by Daniel S. Silver, "The Secret History of Mathematicians," American Scientist, November-December 2006
Karl Pearson: The Scientific Life in a Statistical Age, by Theodore M. Porter
Review by Brian Blank, Notices of the AMS, December 2007 ( 1.3 MB KB)
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
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
King of Infinite Space, by Siobhan Roberts
Review by Robert Osserman, "The Mathematician as Shape Shifter," The Wall Street Journal, 25 November 2006
Review by Tony Rothman, "Meet Mr. Polytope," American Scientist, March-April 2007
Review by Marcus du Sautoy, "Strength in numbers,"The Guardian Unlimited, 8 December 2007
The Knot Book: An Elementary Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots, by Colin Adams
Review by Alexey Sossinsky, "Knots for Everyone: The Knot Book,"Notices of the AMS, September 2005 ( 173KB)
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
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
Landscapes Without Memory, by Joan Fontcuberta
Review by Philip Ball, "Changing your world view," Nature, December 15, 2005
The Last Theorem, by Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl
Review by Michael Marshall, "No last hurrah," New Scientist, November 15, 2008
Review by Michael Berry, "Clarke and Pohl's 'The Last Theorem'," San Francisco Chronicle, August 10, 2008
The Legacy of Niels Henrik Abel: The Abel Bicentennial, Oslo, 2002, Olav Arnfinn Laudal and Ragni Piene, Editors Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, "Read This!," MAA Online, January 2005
Leonhard Euler, by Emil A. Fellmann
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, Read This! MAA Online, March 22, 2007
Leonhard Euler, A Man to be Reckoned With, by Andreas K. Heyne and Alive K. Heyne
Review by Ivar Ekeland, Notices of the AMS, March 2008 ( 3.44 MB)
Letters to a Young Mathematician, by Ian Stewart
Review by Rhian Parker, "The maths mentor," Nature, 6 July 2006
Review by Paul A. Robinson Jr., "Clever proof that math has its charms," The Christian Science Monitor, April 25, 2006
Review by Emma Carberry, Notices of the AMS, May 2007 ( 131KB)
Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fanstastical Mathematical Logical Life, by Robin Wilson
Review by John Allen Paulos, "How to Measure a Cheshire Grin?", New York Times Book Review, February 1, 2009
Review by John C. Butcher, "Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision,"American Scientist, January-February 2009
Review by Ziauddin Sardar, "Reflections of a wondrous life of pi," Independent, August 29, 2008
Review by M John Harrison, "Maths hysteria," Guardian, 23 August 2008
Review by Jascha Hoffman, "Maths and mad hatters," Nature, July 31, 2008
Review by Gilbert Adair, "Not so brillig at maths," New Statesman, July 10, 2008
Review, "Shoes and ships and sealing wax," The Economist, July 3, 2008
The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: What Gnarly Computation Taught Me about Ultimate Reality, the Meaning of Life, and How to Be Happy, by Rudy Rucker
Review by Jaron Lanier, "Two Philosophies of Mathematical Weirdness,"American Scientist, May-June 2006
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 (118KB)
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, by Apostolos Doxiadis
Review by Dan Kois, "Big ideas, bright colors," Washington Post, November 15, 2009
Review by Walter Addiego, "Graphic novel explores mathematics,"San Francisco Chronicle, October 31, 2009
Review by Douglas Bell, "Brawny brains,"Globe and Mail, October 23, 2009
Review by Jim Holt, "Algorithm and Blues,"New York Times Book Review, September 27, 2009
Review by Alison Flood, "Bertrand Russell's mathematical quest adds up to unlikely graphic novel hit," Guardian (U.K.), April 27, 2009
The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, by Chris Anderson
Review by Brian Hayes, "A Paradise of Choice?," American Scientist, January-February 2007
Loving and Hating Mathematics, by Reuben Hersh and Vera John-Steiner
Review by Lynn Arthur Steen, "Distilling Truth from Emotion," Science, July 8, 2011
Review by Chris Quintana, "Discover math's hidden beauty,"DailyLobo.com, March 3, 2011
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, by Janna Levin
Review by Charlotte Stretch, "Touched by genius," NewStatesman, 17 January 2008
Magical Mathematics, by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham
Review by Donovan H. Van Osdol, "Magical Mathematics", Notices of the AMS, August 2012
Review by Alex Stone, "Pick a Card, Any Card,"Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2011
Review by John D. Cook, MAA Reviews, November 3, 2011
The Magical Maze, by Ian Stewart
Review by Keith Devlin, New Scientist, 1998
Majority Judgment: Measuring, Ranking, and Electing, by Michel Balinski and Rida Laraki
Review by Steven J. Brams, "Grading Candidates,"American Scientist, September-October 2011
The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer, by Jane Smiley
Review by John Gilbey, "The ABC of computing," Nature, December 9, 2010
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer, by David Leavitt
Review by George Johnson, "Enigmatic," The New York Times, December 18, 2005
Review by Martin Davis, "Ahead of His Time," American Scienctist, July-August 2006
Review by S. Barry Cooper, Notices of the AMS, November 2006 ( 142KB)
The Martians of Science, by István Hargittai
Review by Arthur I. Miller, "The Hungarian martians," Nature, 30 November 2006 (pages 547-548)
Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games, by Martin Gardner
Review by Brian Hayes, "Nanoviews,"American Scientist, January-February 2006
Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math," by Danica McKellar
Review by Aaron Rowe, "Math Book Helps Girls Embrace Their Inner Mathematician," Wired, August 2, 2007
Review by Peg Tyre, "Math Makeover: It Adds Up for Girls," Newsweek, August 6, 2007
"An Interview with Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar," by Adam Swiderski, UnderGround Online, August 9, 2007
Review by Tracey Wong Briggs, "Just add 'author' into McKellar's equation," USA Today, August 13, 2007
Review by Joseph Dionisio, "'Wonder Years' star who played Winnie Cooper is a math whiz," Newsday, August 14, 2007
Review by Mark Bollman, MAA Read This!, October 9, 2007
Review by Kathy Lauer-Williams. "Math wonders for girls," Kansas City Star, 10 October 2007
Review by Ellen R. Delisio. "Wonder Years' Actress Extols Wonders of Math," Education World, 10 October 2007
Mathematical Encounters of the 2nd Kind, by Philip J. Davis
Review by Gina Kolata, SIAM News, 1997 (not online)
Mathematical Expeditions: Exploring Word Problems across the Ages, by Frank J. Swetz
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, July 27, 2012
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 ( 71KB)
Mathematical Foundations of Neuroscience, by G. Bard Ermentrout and David H. Terman
Review by Vincent A. Billock,"Patterns from the Brain," Nature, 2 December 2010
Mathematical Geography and Cartography in Islam and their Continuation in the Occident, Vol. I, by Fuat Sezing, translated by Guy Moore and Geoff Sammon
Review by A. M. Celâl Şengör, "Charting an Arabic course," Nature, June 8, 2006
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)
Mathematical Models of Social Evolution, by Richard McElreath and Robert Boyd
Review by Daniel J. Rankin, "Simple Maths for a Perplexing World," Science, November 9, 2007 (Vol. 318 Issue 5852, p919-920)
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 ( 55KB)
The Mathematical Writings of Évariste Galois, by Peter M. Neumann
Reviewed by Charles W. Curtis, Notices of the AMS, November 2012
A Mathematician at the Ballpark: Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans, by Ken Ross
Review by Steve Morics. "Read This!,"MAA Online, November 2004
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
Review by Vivek Kaul, "Sheer performance or plain luck?," Daily news India, November 12, 2006
The Mathematician's Brain, by David Ruelle
Review by Notices of the AMS, November 2008 ( 352 KB)
Review by David Berlinski, "Inside the Mathematical Mind," The New York Sun, August 29, 2007
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 ( 101KB)
Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany: Individual Fates and Global Impact, by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze
Interview with author and Scott Jaschik, "'Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany',"Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2009
Review by Michèle Audin, Notices of the AMS, November 2010
Mathematicians under the Nazis, by Sanford L. Segal
Review by Jochen Brüning, "Mathematicians under the Nazis,", Notices of the AMS, April 2005 ((164KB)
Mathematics and Common Sense: A Case of Creative Tension , by Philip J. Davis
Review by John Ball, "Not Just a Pretty Equation," New Scientist, 25 November 2006
Review by Daniel N. Rockmore, "A Paradoxical Subject,"American Scientist, November-December 2007
Review by Chelluri C. A. Sastri, Notices of the AMS, June/July 2009 ( 71 KB)
Mathematics and Democracy: Designing Better Voting and Fair-Division Voting Procedures, by Steven J. Brams
Review by Iain McLean, "A Better Way to Choose?", Science, October 31, 2008
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Read This!, March 26, 2008
Mathematics and the Aesthetic, Nathalie Sinclair, David Pimm, and William Higginson, Editors
Review by Annalisa Crannell, Notices of the AMS, February 2009 ( 117 KB)
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 ( 126KB)
Mathematics at Berkeley: A History, by Calvin C. Moore
Review by Rob Kirby, Notices of the AMS, November 2008 ( 9.97 MB)
Mathematics Elsewhere: An Exploration of Ideas Across Cultures, by Marcia Ascher
Review by Victor Katz, "Mathematics Elsewhere,"Notices of the AMS, May 2003 ( 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 Emerging: A Sourcebook 1540–1900, by Jacqueline Stedall
Review by David Pengelley, Notices of the AMS, June/July 2011, page 815
Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers, by Jan Gullberg
Review by Donald J. Albers, Scientific American, September 1998
Mathematics in Popular Culture, by Jessica K. Sklar and Elizabeth S. Sklar, editors
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, June 11, 2012
The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam: A Source Book, edited by Victor J. Katz
Review by George Gheverghese Joseph, "Multicultural legacy," Nature, 27 December 2007
The Mathematics of Juggling, by Burkard Polster
Review by Allen Knutson, "The Mathematics of Juggling,"Notices of the AMS, January 2004 (95KB)
Mathematics: The Science of Patterns, by Keith Devlin
Review by H. O. Pollak, "Mathematics: The Science of Patterns,"Notices of the AMS, November 1996 (85KB)
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 ( 39KB)
Math for Life: Crucial Ideas You Didn't Learn in School, by Jeffrey Bennett
Review by Ana Momidic-Reyna, MAA Reviews, February 16, 2012
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 ( 50KB)
Math Girls, Hiroshi Yuki
Review by Mari Abe and Mei Kobayashi, Notices of the AMS, August 2012
Math Goes to the Movies, by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross
Review by Richard J. Wilders, MAA Review, September 23, 2012
The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along With Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs), by Keith Devlin
Review by Fenella Saunders, Nanoviews, American Scientist, November-December 2005
Review by Alex Stone, Books: "The Math Instinct,"Discover, May 2005
Review by Elizabeth Sourbut, "The Math Instinct by Keith Devlin,"New Scientist, April 9, 2005
Measuring the World, by Daniel Kehlmann (translated by Carol Brown Janeway)
Review by Caroline Ash, "The World Measurers," Science, July 27, 2007
Review by John Whitfield, "Opposites Attract," Nature, February 15 2007
Measurement, by Paul Lockhar
Review by Evelyn Lamb, Scientific American, September 2012, page 90
Review by Brie Finegold, Lifting Reality Off, Science, November 9, 2012, page 744
Meta Math! The Quest for Omega, by Gregory Chaitin
Review by Jaron Lanier, "Two Philosophies of Mathematical Weirdness,"American Scientist, May-June 2006
Review by Ivor Grattan-Guinness, "Incomplete mathematics," Nature, 16 February 2006
The Millennium Prize Problems, J. Carlson, A. Jaffe, and A. Wiles, editors
Review by Robert C. Gunning, Notices of the AMS, December 2009 ( 149 KB)
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 ( 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 Mind of Bill James: How a Complete Outsider Changed Baseball, by Scott Gray.
Review by Hugo Lindgren, "I'll Manage," The New York times Book Review, June 4, 2006
The Mind of the Mathematician, by Michael Fitzgerald and Ioan James
Review by Donal O'Shea, "What do mathematicians do?," Nature, October 25, 2007
The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math's Most Contentious Brain Teaser, by Jason Rosenhouse
Review by Donald O. Granberg, "Two Doors and a Goat," Science, October 9, 2009
Music: A Mathematical Offering, by David J. Benson Review by Peter Pesic, "Harmonious Relations ,"American Scientist, July-August 2007
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
Musings of the Masters: An Anthology of Mathematical Reflections, Edited by Raymond G. Ayoub
Review by Victor J. Katz, "Reading the Masters,"American Scientist, January-February 2006
My Brain is Open, by Brian Schechter
Review by Keith Devlin, "Read This!," MAA Online, 1998
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
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Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent, by Alberto A. MartÃnez Review by Brian Hayes, Nanoviews,American Scientist, May-June 2006
Nets, Puzzles, and Postmen: An Exploration of Mathematical Connections, by Peter M. Higgins Review by Stephan Mertens, "Connecting the Dots," Science, April 11, 2008
A New Kind of Science, by Stephen Wolfram 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 Lawrence Gray, "A Mathematician Looks at Wolfram's A New Kind of Science,"Notices of the AMS, February 2003 ( 382KB)
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 ( 55KB)
Nonplussed: Mathematical proof of implausible ideas, by Julian Havil Review by Justin Mullins, "Unbelievable Truths," New Scientist, 9 June 2007
Number: From Ahmes to Cantor, by Midhat Gazale Review by Bryan Birch, "Number: From Ahmes to Cantor,"Notices of the AMS, August 2001 ( 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 ( 72KB)
The Number Mysteries: The Mathematical Odyssey Through Every Day Life, by Marcus du Sautoy Review by Dilip Raote, "Pleasure in numbers,"DNA, March 13, 2011
The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics, by Stanislas Dehaene Review by Steven Rose, New York Times Book Review, (search) February 8, 1998
Numbers: A Very Short Introduction, by Peter M. Higgins Review by Rafe Jones, Notices of the AMS, January 2012, page 50
The Numbers Behind Numb3rs, by Keith Devlin and Gary Lorden Review by Brent Deschamp, Notices of the AMS, March 2009 ( 77 KB)
Review by Adriana Salerno, Voice of America News, August 13, 2007
The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life, by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot Review by Barry Gewen, "What Are the Odds a Handy, Quotable Statistic is Lying? Better Than Even," New York Times, February 3, 2009
Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present, by George G. Szpiro
Review by Jonathan K. Hodge, Notices of the AMS, January 2011, page 59
The Numerati, by Stephen Baker
Review by Jeffrey Shallit, Notices of the AMS, October 2009 ( 78 KB)
Review by Tom Simonite, "Your Secret's Not a Secret Any More," New Scientist, November 29, 2008
Review by Rob Walker, "They've Got Your Number," The New York Times Sunday Book Review, November 2, 2008
Interview with author Stephen Baker, "Our Digital Lives, Monitored by a Hidden 'Numerati'". Fresh Air, WHYY, National Public Radio, 2 October 2008
"Book Excerpt: The Numerati, by Stephen Baker," Business Week, 26 August 2008
Numerology, or What Pythagoras Wrought, by Underwood Dudley
Review by Walter S. Sizer, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)
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 ( 48KB)
One to Nine, by Andrew Hodges
Review by Graham Farmelo, "Numbers are full of surprises," The Telegraph (U.K.), September 27, 2007
Review by Jordan Ellenberg, "Numerology,"New York Times, July 6, 2008
On the Shoulders of Giants, by Malcolm E. Lines
Review by Philip J. Davis, SIAM News, August-September 1995 (not online)
Our Days Are Numbered: How Mathematics Orders Our Lives, by Jason Brown
Review by Paul Zorn, Notices of the AMS, September 2012
Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free, by Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan
Review by Jesse Johnson, Notices of the AMS, June/July 2009 ( 102 KB)
The Oxford Murders, by Guillermo Martinez
Review by Robin Wilson, "The Oxford Murders,", Notices of the AMS, November 2005 ( 160KB)
Review by Marcus du Sautoy, The Guardian, February 5, 2005
The Parrot's Theorem, by Denis Guedj
Review by Queena N. Lee-Chua, "The Parrot's Theorem,"Notices of the AMS, March 2001 ( 52KB)
The Parsimonious Universe, by Stefan Hildebrandt and Anthony Tromba
Review by Frank Morgan, American Mathematical Monthly, April 1997
Pattern Theory: The Stochastic Analysis of Real-World Signals, by David Mumford and Agnès Desolneux
Review by Brian Hayes, "Making Sense of the World,"American Scientist, September-October 2011
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 ( 72KB)
The Pea and the Sun: A Mathematical Paradox, by Leonard M. Wapner
Review by Peter Komjath, Notices of the AMS, October 2006 ( 128KB)
Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers, and the Return of Dr. Matrix, by Martin Gardner
Review by Richard Vinson, "Read This!," MAA Online (Undated)
The Philosophy of Mathematical Practice, edited by Paolo Mancosu
Review by Timonty Bays, Notices of the AMS, March 2012, page 424
Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures, by James Robert Brown
Review by William Faris, "Philosophy of Mathematics,"Notices of the AMS, November 2000
( 65KB)
π: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number, by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann
Review by Eli Maor, Science, 10 December 2004, page 1894.
Piero della Francesca. A Mathematician's Art, by J.V. Field
Review by Michele Emmer, Notices of the AMS, March 2007 ( 3802KB)
Pioneers in Mathematics, by Michael Bradley
Review by Julie Kirkwood, "Substracting the scare factor from math: Local professor's new books add human stories to history of mathematics," The Eagle Tribune (North Andover, MA), 23 October 2006
Plato's Ghost: The Modernist Transformation of Mathematics, by Jeremy Gray
Review by Solomon Feferman, "Modernism in Mathematics," American Scientist, September-October 2009, p. 417.
The Pleasures of Counting, by T. W. Körner
Review by Brian E. Blank, "The Pleasures of Counting,"Notices of the AMS, March 1998 ( 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 ( 73KB)
Review by David N. Schramm, New York Times Book Review May 21, 1995 (not online)
The Poincaré Conjecture, by Donal O'Shea
Review by W.B. Raymond Lickorish, Notices of the AMS, January 2008 ( 2.73 MB)
Review by Stephen Ornes, "We Also Like," Discover, March 2007
Review by Amir Aczel, "Solving a Math Conundrum," Wall Street Journal Online, February 28, 2007
Review by John Morgan, "The Shape We're In,"American Scientist, July-August 2007
Review by Nicholas Blincoe, "Neither Sphere Nor There," The Telegraph (U.K.), May 17, 2007
Poincaré's Prize: The Hundred-Year Quest to Solve One of Math's Greatest Puzzles, by George G. Szpiro
Review by David Dillard-Wright, Philosophy Now, September-October 2009
Review by W.B. Raymond Lickorish, Notices of the AMS, January 2008 ( 2.73 MB)
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 ( 97KB)
Review by Ed Sandifer, "Read This!," MAA Online, September 1999
PopCo, by Scarlett Thomas
Review by Alex Kasman, "PopCo,"Notices of the AMS, February 2006 ( 153KB)
Review by Ivars Peterson, "Code Breaking: A Toy Story," Science News, August 5, 2006
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 ( 152KB)
The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, by Timothy Gowers, June Barrow-Green, and Imre Leader (editors)
Review by Bryan Birch, Notices of the AMS, November 2009 ( 93 KB)
Review by John A. Wass, At Long Last, Readable Mathematics!, Scientific Computing, June 30, 2009
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 (88KB)
Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, by Ian Stewart
Review in Science News, April 11, 2009
Review by Justin Mullins, "Are you game?," New Scientist, December 13, 2008
Project Origami: Activities for Exploring Mathematics, by Thomas Hull
Review by Helena Verrill, Notices of the AMS, May 2007 ( 226KB)
Proof and Other Dilemmas: Mathematics and Philsophy, Edited by Bonnie Gold and Roger A. Simons
Review by Jeremy Avigad, Notices of the AMS, December 2011, page 1780
Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception, by Charles Seife
Reviewed in Scientific American, September 2010
Review by Steven Strogatz, "Fibbing With Numbers,"The New York Times, September 19, 2010
Review by Jordan Ellenberg, "Go Figure,"Boston Globe, September 25, 2010
Review by Alexandra Witze, Dallas Morning News, September 26, 2010
Review by Fred Bortz, "Turning numbers into mumbo-jumbo lies," Philadelphia Inquirer, September 26, 2010
Review by Jascha Hoffman, "Deception by numbers," Nature, 28 October 2010, page 1043
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 ( 50KB)
Pursuit of Genius: Flexner, Einstein, and the Early Faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study, by Steve Batterson
Review by John Stachel, "Heady Days in Princeton," Nature, January 18, 2007
Review by Lewis Pyenson, "In Puris Naturalibus,"Notices of the AMS, August 2008 ( 1.6MB)
The Puzzler's Dilemma, by Derrick Niederman
Interview by Lauren Daley, "Riddle Me This," SouthCoastToday.com, April 14, 2012
Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans: A Brief History, by Charles Kahn, and Pythagoras: His Life, Teaching and Influence, by Christoph Riedweg, translated by Steven Rendall
Review by M.F. Burnyeat, "Other Lives," London Review of Books, February 22, 2007
Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery, by Arturo Sangalli
Review by Javier Fresá, "The Full Potential of Storytelling,"Notices of the AMS, May 2010 (252 KB)
Quantify! A Crash Course in Smart Thinking, by Göran Grimvall
Review by Susan D’Agostino, MAA Reviews, March 11, 2011
The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It, by Scott Patterson
Review by David Steinsaltz, "The Value of Nothing: A Review of The Quants," Notices of the AMS, May 2011, page 699
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)
Reality Conditions: Short Mathematical Fiction, by Alex Kasman
Review by John Swallow, Notices of the AMS, August 2006 (157KB)
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
Recountings: Conversations with MIT Mathematicians, by Joel Segel
Review by Eric L. Altschuler, "The many faces of mathematics," Nature, 27 August 2009
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
Sacred Mathematics: Japanese Temple Geometry, by Fukagawa Hidetoshi and Tony Rothman
Review by Peter J. Lu, "The blossoming of Japanese mathematics," Nature, 28 August 2008
Saunders Mac Lane: A Mathematical Autobiography, by Saunders Mac Lane
Review by Lance W. Small, "Saunders Mac Lane,"Notices of the AMS, December 2005 ( 119KB)
Review by Ivars Peterson, "Works in Progress,"Science News Online, April 30, 2005
Science in the Looking Glass: What Do Scientists Really Know?, by E. Brian Davies
Review by Martin Gardner, "Science in the Looking Glass,"Notices of the AMS, December 2005 ( 151KB)
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 Journey Through the History of Mathematics from 1800–2000, edited by Frank J. Swetz
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, October 9, 2012
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
Selected Papers on Fun and Games, by Donald E. Knuth
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, January 11, 2012
The Sensual (Quadratic) Form, by John Horton Conway
Review by Michael Berg, MAA Read This!, March 26, 2008
Shadows of Reality, by Tony Robbin
Review by Marjorie Senechal, Science, 21 April 2006
Review by Tony Phillips, Notices of the AMS, April 2007 ( 2358KB)
The Shape of Inner Space, by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis
Review by Nigel Hitchin, Notices of the AMS, February 2011, page 311
The Shoelace Book: A Mathematical Guide to the Best (and Worst) Ways to Lace Your Shoes, by Burkard Polster
Review by Colin Adams, "The Shoelace Book--A Book Review,"Notices of the AMS, December 2006 ( 326KB)
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 ( 118KB)
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 ( 66KB)The Solitude of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano
Review by Joel Spencer, Notices of the AMS, September 2010
Review by Liesel Schillinger, "Counting on Each Other,"New York Times Book Review, April 9, 2010
Review by James Clasper, "Giordano and Ogawa: the twin primes of fiction," the Spiked Review of Books, September 27, 2009
Stefan Banach: Remarkable Life, Brilliant Mathematics, by Emilia Jakimowicz and Adam Miranowicz
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, March 8, 2012
The Story of Mathematics, by Richard Mankiewicz Review by Karen Parshall, "The Story of Mathematics,"Notices of the AMS, April 2002 ( 73KB)
Review by Karine chemia, "Not Quite the whole story," Nature, July 19, 2001
Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics, by Sarah Glaz and JoAnne Growney
Review by J. M. Coetzee, Notices of the AMS, September 2009 ( 171 KB)
The Strangest Man: the Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom, by Graham Farmelo
Review by Brian E. Blank, Notices of the AMS, October 2011, page 1278
Review by Luoisa Gilder, "Quantum Leap,"New York Times Book Review, September13, 2009, p. 14
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 ( 51KB)
Structure and Randomness: Pages from Year One of a Mathematical Blog, by Terence Tao
Review by Cosma Shalizi, "Obstacles and Tricks,"American Scientist, March-April 2009
Supercooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed, by Martin A. Nowak and Roger Highfield
Review by Oran Harman, "A Little Help From Your Friends,"New York Times Book Review, April 8, 2011
Review by David Krakauer, "Laws of Cooperation," Science, April 29, 2011
Review by Rachel Thomas, "SuperCooperators,"+Plus Magazine, April 23, 2012
Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart, by Ian Ayres
Review by Jennifer Barone, Discover, September 2007
Review by Rebecca Goldin, "Doting on Data,"Notices of the AMS, April 2009 ( 96 KB)
Superfractals: Patterns and Nature, by Michael F. Barnsley
Review by J.R. Mureika, "Beyond Fractals," Nature, January 18, 2007
The Symmetries of Things, by John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel and Chaim Goodman-Strauss
Review by Jaron Lanier, "From Planar Patterns to Polytopes,"American Scientist, January-February 2009
Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature, by Marcus du Sautoy
Review by Eric Ormsby, "Looking Into the Mirror of Nature," The New York Sun, April 9, 2008
Review by Brian E. Blank, Notices of the AMS, February 2011, page 304
Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe, by Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill
Review by Laurence Marschall. Discover, February 2005
Symmetry and the Monster: One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics, by Mark Ronan
Review by Robert L. Griess Jr., "Symmetry and the Monster--A Book Review,"Notices of the AMS, February 2007 ( 578KB)
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 ( 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
The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy, by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
Review by Andrew I. Dale, Notices of the AMS, May 2012, page 657
Review by John Allen Paulos, "In All Probability," (online review title "The Mathematics of Changing Your Mind"), New York Times Book Review, August 7, 2011, page 14
Review by Andrew Robinson, "Known unknowns," Nature, July 28, 2011, page 450
Review by Michael Washburn, "What are the odds?"The Boston Globe, 5 June 2011
The Three Body Problem, A Cambridge Mystery, by Catherine Shaw
Review by Richard Montgomery, Notices of the AMS, October 2006 ( 455KB)
Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000, by Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, and David Lindsay Roberts
Review by Fernando Gouvêa, "Things That Teach,"American Scientist, March-April 2009
Review by Andrew G. Bennett, Notices of the AMS, January 2010 ( 737 KB)
A Tour of the Calculus, by David Berlinski
Review by Paul Zorn, "A Tour of the Calculus,"Notices of the AMS, December 1996 ( 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 ( 167KB)
Trigonometric Delights, by Eli Maor
Review by Ian Stewart, New Scientist, 1998
The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life, by I. Bernard Cohen
Review by Brian Blank, Notices of the AMS, December 2007 ( 1.83 MB)
Review by Judith V. Grabiner, "Read This!,"MAA Online, May 9, 2005
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next, by Lee Smolin
Review by Brent Deschamp, Notices of the AMS, September 2007 ( 1236KB)
Turbulence, by Giles Foden
Review by Philip Ball, "D-Day forecast fictionalized," Nature, August 13, 2009, page 79.
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 ( 145KB)
The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter That Made the World Modern, by Keith Devlin
Review by Brian Hayes, "An Epistolary Episode," American Scientist, May-June 2009
The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel, by William Goldbloom Bloch Review by Brian Hayes, "Books-A-Million,"American Scientist, January-February 2009
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 ( 56KB)
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
Review by Richard Wilders, Turing Centenary Edition, MAA Reviews, September 3, 2012
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 ( 133KB)
and February 2002 ( 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 ( 133KB)
and February 2002 ( 196KB)
The Universe in Zero Words, by Dana Mackenzie Review by GrrlScientist, The Guardian, October 23, 2012
Review by Gerald B. Folland,Notices of the AMS, November 2012
Unknown Quantity, by John Derbyshire
Review by Victor Katz, "A Faulty Survey of Algebra's Roots," Science, June 9, 2006
Interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Unknowns," National Review, May 25, 2006
Review by Judith V. Grabiner, "A Backward Look at Modern Algebra," American Scientist, September/October 2006
Review by Sanford L. Segal, Notices of the AMS, May 2008 96.41 KB)
Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future, by Orrin H. Pilkey and Linda Pilkey-Jarvis Review by Carl Wunsch, American Scientist, March-April 2007
Review by Roger Pielke Jr., "When the numbers don't add up," Nature, May 3, 2007
Review by William Kolata, "A Useless Case," SIAM News, June 2007
Review by Christopher K.R.T. Jones, "Is Mathematics Misapplied to the Environment?", Notices of the AMS, April 2008 94.81 KB)
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, by Edward Tufte
Review by Bill Casselman, "Visual Explanations,"Notices of the AMS, January 1999 ( 141KB)
The Volterra Chronicles: The Life and Times of an Extraordinary Mathematician, 1860-1940, by Judith R. Goodstein
Review by Brian Hayes, "A Mathematician's Trajectory,"American Scientist, July-August 2007
Review by Judith R. Goodstein, "Ups and downs of a senator scientist," Nature, September 27, 2007
Review by Irwin W. Sandberg, Notices of the AMS, March 2008 ( 2.84MB)
What is Mathematics, Really?, by Reuben Hersh
Review by Ed Dubinsky, "What Is Mathematics, Really?,"Notices of the AMS, October 1999 (65KB)
Review by Fernando Gouvêa, "Read This!," MAA Online (undated)
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
What's happening in the mathematical sciences, Volume 8, by Dana Mackenzie Review by Ilia Rushkin, Plus Magazine, August 9, 2011
What’s Luck Got to Do with It?: The History, Mathematics, and Psychology behind the Gambler’s Illusion, by Joseph Mazur
Review by Andrew I. Dale, Notices of the AMS, February 2012, page 304
When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish, and Other Speculations About This and That, by Martin Gardner
Review by John Greenya, Washington Times, December 27, 2009
Why Beauty is Truth: A History of Symmetry, by Ian Stewart
Review by Martin Gardner, "Is Beauty Truth and Truth Beauty?", Scientific American, March 18, 2007
Review by Joseph Mazur, "An ode to symmetry," Nature, May 3, 2007
Review by Alexander Masters, "A gentlemanly game that became a monster," Telegraph.co.uk, May 10,2007
Review by Siobhan Roberts, "It's math, yes, but don't stop reading," The Globe and Mail, August 4, 2007
Review by David W. Farmer, "The Power of Symmetry,"American Scientist, November-December 2007
Why Beliefs Matter: Reflections on the Nature of Science, by E. Brian Davies
Review by Gerald B. Folland, Notices of the AMS, April 2012, page 553
Why Cats Land on Their Feet and 76 Other Physical Paradoxes and Puzzles, by Mark Levi
Review by Mark Bollman, MAA Reviews, October 15, 2012
Why Flip a Coin?, by Laurence A. Marschall
Review by H. W. Lewis, The Sciences, July/August 1997
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
Review by Evelyn Sander, "Against All Odds," American Scientist, January-February 2001
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 ( 69KB)
A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein, by Palle Yourgrau
Review by Gregory H. Moore, "The Incomplete Gödel,"American Scientist, September-October 2005
Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truths of Mathematics, by John Stillwell
Review by Ivars Peterson, "Flirting with the Impossible," Science News Online, Week of July 15, 2006
You Can Count Monsters: The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters, by Richard Evan Schwartz (children's book)
Reviewed in Science, 10 December 2010, page 1482
Review by NPR Staff, "Math Isn't So Scary With Help From These Monsters," Weekend Edition, NPR, January 22, 2011
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 ( 94KB)
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
Also, see Mathematical Fiction, maintained by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston).
Calculus, by Carl Djerassi
Review by Philip Ball, "Playing dirty," Nature, August 12, 2004
A Disappearing Number, a play written and directed by Simon McBurney
Review by Charles Isherwood, "Human (and Mathematical) Equations,"New York Times, July 17, 2010
Review by Jason Zinoman, "There's Nothing to Fear From Infinity,"New York Times, 29 June 2010
Preview of play opening, "Making sense of mortality,", Sydney Morning Herald, November 3, 2008
Preview of play opening, "A Disappearing Number," by Lyn Gardner, Guardian (UK), October 17, 2008
Preview of play opening, "A Disappearing Number," by Nuala Calvi, The Stage, October 16, 2008
Preview of play opening, by Sarah Hemming,"The longest divisions," FT.com (Financial Times), July 28, 2007
Preview of play opening, by Nikita Lalwani, "A beautiful mind," New Statesman, August 23, 2007
Preview of play opening, "Complicite's tricks," The Economist, August 30, 2007
Preview of play opening, by Jasper Rees, "To infinity and beyond," Times Online, September 2, 2007
Interview with McBurney by Sara Abdulla, "An act of communal imagination," Nature, September 6, 2007
Review by Robert J. Hughes, "A Mathematician Times Five," Wall Street Journal Online, September 7, 2007
Review by Nicholas de Jongh, "The Magic of Maths," thislondon.co.uk (the entertainment guide from the Evening Standard), 12 September 2007
Review by Anindya Bhattacharyya, "A Disappearing Number: globalisation, creativity and the beauty of numbers," Socialist Worker (U.K.), 29 September 2007
Review by Louise Whiteley, "Variations on a Theorem," Science, October 5, 2007
Review by Salil Tripathi. "A Beautiful MInd," Wall Street Journal Online, 5 October 2007
Fermat's Last Tango, by Joshua Rosenblum and Joanne Sidney Lessner
Review by Ivars Peterson, "Drama in Numbers," Science News, December 21 & 28, 2002
Let Newton Be!, by Craig Baxter
Review by Rebecca Stott and Hannah Morrish, "Newton in Three Dimensions," Science, November 13, 2009
Partition, by Ira Hauptman
Review by Kenneth A. Ribet, "Partition,", Notices of the AMS, December 2003 ( 96KB)
Proof, by David Auburn
Review by David Bayer, "Proof,"Notices of the AMS, October 2000 ( 51KB)
Review by Mark Saul, "The Mathematician's Proof,"Notices of the AMS, June/July 2001 ( 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
Review by Laura Waxmann, "Award-winning play 'Proof' calculates life, love and math." Golden Gate XPress, October 14, 2009 Radio interview by Director Susan Loewenberg with Steve Strogatz, July 31, 2010
Tenet, by Lorne Campbell and Sandy Grierson, directed by Christopher Haydon
Review by Kate Kellaway, Tenet, The Observer,
Review by Ian Shuttleworth, Tenet, Gate Theatre, Financial Times, May 5, 2012
Review by By Dominic Cavendish, Tenet, Gate Theatre, The Telegraph, May 4, 2012
Review by Quentin Letts, Tenet: Algebra, tea and Julian Assange, Daily Mail, May 2, 2012
Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze, by Gioia DeCari
Review by Carolyn Mooney and Sara Lipka, "Math + Women + MIT = Dramatic Tension," The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 22, 2010
Review by Joel Brown, "Larry Summers made her play,"Boston Globe, September 4, 2009
Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen, a play by Kathryn Wala
Review by Neil Genzlinger, "The Math Rookie Is a Girl, A Big Problem for the Geeks," The New York Times, 25 January 2007, page B8
Interview with Ira Flatow on Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, National Public Radio (NPR), 19 January 2007
A Beautiful Mind Review by Sidney Perkowitz. "The 5 Best and Worst Science-Based Movies of All Time," (A Beautiful Mind is one of the top five), Discover, November 2007
Review by Lynne M. Butler, "A Beautiful Mind," Notices of the AMS, April 2002 ( 103KB)
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
Fermat's Room, a film directed by Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopeña
Review by Megan Lehar, The Scorecard Review, February 15, 2009
Review by Paul Gallagher, "Fermat's Room," Future Movies, May 27, 2009
Review, "Put your thinking cap on for a tense, puzzle-filled thriller, Fermat's Room," in News Shopper Online, May 28, 2009
Review by Doralba Picerno, "Fermat's Room review,"Den of Geek, June 4, 2009
Review by Fran Parker, Blogcritics, September 29, 2009
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
Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem, Zala Films, Produced and Directed by George Csicsery
Review by Carol Wood, Notices of the AMS, May 2008 ( 5.91 MB)
Primer "Physicists Get First Take at Science Fiction Film," Physics Review, October 2004
Proof, a Miramax Film
Review by Daniel Ullman, "Proof -- A Movie Review,"Notices of the AMS, March 2006 ( 215KB)
Rites of Love and Math, a film by Edward Frenkel (writer) and Reine Graves (director)
Reviewed in Random Samples, "X^{3}-Rated Thriller," Science, July 16, 2010
Review and interview with filmmaker by Jason-Louise Graham, "Rites of Love and Math @ Shattuck Cinemas December 1,"San Francisco Examiner, November 27, 2010
Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II, a high-definition video documentary, Producer/Director: LeAnn Erickson
Review by Judy Green, Notices of the AMS, February 2012, page 308
Travelling Salesman, directed by Timothy Lanzone
Review by Jacob Aron, The moral uncertainty of a P = NP world, CultureLab blog on NewScientist, May 16, 2012
Numb3rs, (television series on CBS), Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, executive producers
Review by Andrew Gans, "Broadway's Harris and Egan Guest on New CBS Drama Feb. 18," Playbill, February 9, 2005
Review by Elizabeth Weise, "The brains behind crime show are calculatingly cool," USA Today, February 8, 2005
Interview with Keith Devlin, "Math and Crime-Solving by the 'Numb3rs'," NPR's Weekend Edition, January 22, 2005
Review by Keith Devlin, "NUMB3RS gets the math right," Devlin's Angle, February 2005
Review by Ed Pegg, Jr., "The NUMB3RS TV show," Math Games, January 21, 2005
Review by Nancy Dewolf Smith, "The Ultimate Terror," The Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2005
Review by Alessandra Stanley, "Putting Eggheads to Work," The New York Times, January 21, 2005
Review by Nick Madigan, "Big-Screen Brothers Bring their Act to Prime Time," The New York Times, January 22, 2005
Review by John Maynard, "Playing the 'Numb3rs'," The Washington Post, January 23, 2005