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Recently added reviews:
A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design, by Frank Wilczek
A Brilliant Young Mind, directed by Morgan Matthews
Lars Ahlfors: At the Summit of Mathematics, by Olli Lehto
Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, by Frank A. Farris
Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway, by Siobhan Roberts
The Genius of George Boole, produced by Lord David Puttnam
Great Calculations: A Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries, by Colin Pask
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality, by Edward Frenkel
Mathematical Cartoons, by Charles Ashbacher
A Mathematician's Lament, by Paul Lockhart
Mathematics of Planet Earth: Mathematicians Reflect on How to Discover, Organize, and Protect Our Planet, by Hans Kaper and Christiane Rousseau
Numbers: Their Tales, Types, and Treasures, By Alfred S. Posamentier and Bernd Thaller
The Puzzling Adventures of Doctor Ecco, by Dennis Shasha
Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers, by Marc Chamberland
Return to Math in the Media
Books Reviewed
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50 Visions of Mathematics, edited by Sam Parc
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, August 18, 2014
100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Math and the Arts, by John D. Barrow
Review by Matthew Hutson, “In a new book, a mathematician explores the connection between math and art,” The Washington Post, February 13, 2015
101 Careers in Mathematics, edited by Andrew Sterrett
Reviewed by William J. Satzer, MAA Reviews, June 24, 2014
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Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age, by James Essinger
Review by Jennifer Latson, "A math genius gets her due," The Boston Globe, October 13, 2014
Review by Laura Helmuth, New York Times Book Review, April 26, 2015
Lars Ahlfors: At the Summit of Mathematics, by Olli Lehto
Review by Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, August 11, 2015
Alan Turing: His Work and Impact, by S. Barry Cooper and Jan van Leeuwen
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, January 2, 2014
Alex Through the LookingGlass, by Alex Bellos
Review by Tom Chivers, "Mathematical equations should have the perfect symmetry of a joke," The Telegraph, April 21, 2014
Review by Simon Singh, “Adventures with a Maths Demon,” The Guardian, May 3, 2014
Reviewed by Frank O'Shea, “Sum of all fears, or joy: A numbers book,” The Sydney Morning Herald, June 28, 2014
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A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design, by Frank Wilczek
Review by Marcelo Gleiser, "The Hidden Code of Creation, The Chronicle Review, September 11, 2015, p B16
Beautiful Geometry, by Eli Maor and Eugen Jost
Review by Lee Billings, Scientific American, November 22, 2013
Reviewed by Tony Mann, Times Higher Education, 13 March 2014
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2013, edited by Mircea Pitici
Review by Sandra Keith, MAA Reviews, January 18, 2014
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014, edited by Mircea Pitici
Review by Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews, December 21, 2014
Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, by Cédric Villani (see Théorème Vivant for reviews of the French version)
Review by Hannah Fry, The Guardian, February 25, 2015
Review by Karen Shook, Times Higher Education, February 26, 2015
Review by Alexander Masters, "How could anyone enjoy Cédric Villani’s ‘Birth of a Theorem’? I think I’ve worked it out," The Spectator, February 28, 2015
Review by Jacob Aron, "Boltzman and brio," NewScientist, February 28, 2015, p. 50
Review by Amir Alexander, Nature, March 5, 2015, p. 31
Review by Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, May 2015, p. 82
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, May 7, 2015
On Publishers Weekly’s spring 2015 announcements and “Top 10: Science”
The Boy Who Loved Math, by Deborah Heiligman
Review by Nate Silver, Beautiful Minds, The New York Times, July 12, 2013
L. E. J. Brouwer—Topologist, Intuitionist, Philosopher: How Mathematics Is Rooted in Life, by Dirk van Dalen
Reviewed by Dale M. Johnson, Notices of the AMS, June/July 2014
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A Calculus of Ideas: A Mathematical Study of Human Thought, by Ulf Grenander
Review by Andrew I. Dale, Notices of the AMS, January 2014
Capitalism and Arithmetic: The New Math of the 15th Century, by Frank Swetz
Reviewed by Peter Ruane, MAA Reviews, November 14, 2013
Coffee, Love and Matrix Algebra, by Gary Ernest Davis
Review by David A. Huckaby, MAA Reviews, November 12, 2014
Coming to Our Senses: Perceiving Complexity to Avoid Catastrophes, by Viki McCabe
Review by Ittay Weiss, MAA Reviews, December 4, 2014
Complexities: Women in Mathematics, edited by Bettye Anne Case and Anne M. Leggett
Review by Carol Dorf, "A Wealth of Complexities," American Scientist, March  April 2013
Constitutional Calculus: The Math of Justice and the Myth of Common Sense, by Jeff Suzuki
Reviewed by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, March 15, 2015
Count Like an Egyptian: A HandsOn Introduction to Ancient Mathematics, by David Reimer
Review by Nancy Szokan, The Washington Post, May 19, 12014
Review by Calvin Jongsma, MAA Reviews, May 28, 2014
Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, by Frank A. Farris
Review by Daniel S. Silver, American Scientist, SeptemberOctober, 2015, pp. 360362
The Crest of the Peacock: NonEuropean Roots of Mathematics, by George Gheverghese Joseph
Review by Clemency Montelle, Notices of the AMS, December 2013
The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths, by Alberto A. Martínez
Review by Ellen Ziliak, MAA Reviews, March 7, 2013
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David Mumford—Selected Papers, Volume II: On Algebraic Geometry, including Correspondence with Grothendieck, edited by ChingLi Chai, Amnon Neeman, and Takahiro Shiota
Review by Frans Oort, Notices of the AMS, February 2013
Decoded, a novel, by Mai Jia (translated by Olivia Milburn and Christopher Payne)
Reviewed by Li Gong, "The cryptic mind," Nature, March 6, 2014, p 36
Doing Data Science, by Rachel Schutt and Cathy O’Neil
Reviewed by Brian Hayes, Notices, October 2014
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Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat, by Paul Halpern
Review by Mark Bollman, MAA Reviews, May 26, 2015
On Publishers Weekly’s spring 2015 announcements and “Top 10: Science”
Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Power, by Joseph Mazur
Review by Nancy Szokan, "Where did the = sign come from? Author presents history of mathematical symbols," The Washington Post, April 7, 2014
Review by Gaia Donati, Science, July 2014
Review by Tom Siegfried, Science News, September 6, 2014
Review by Tushar Das, MAA Reviews, January 13, 2015
Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us, by Oscar E. Fernandez
Review by Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews, April 19, 2014
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Figures of Thought: A Literary Appreciation of Maxwell’s Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, by Thomas K. Simpson
Review by Brian Hayes, Notices of the AMS, September 2013
Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers, by Amir D. Aczel
Review by Frank Swetz, MAA Reviews, December 31, 2014
Review by Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, pp 82, January 2015
Review by Nick Romeo, “The Zero in Math—Why Nothing Matters,” The Daily Beast, February 2, 2015
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
Review by Gizem Karaali, MAA Reviews, April 25, 2013
The Fractalist: Memoir of a Scientific Maverick, by Benoît B. Mandelbrot
Review by Dwight Garner, "Wandering Visionary in Math’s Far Realms," New York Times Book Review, October 30, 2012
Review by Adam Kirsch, "A Math Genius’s Sad Calculus," Tablet, October 25, 2012
Review in the Economist, "A cloud Atlas: Memoirs of a European mathematician," Oct 27, 2012
Review by Brian Hayes, "Father of Fractals," American Scientist, JanuaryFebruary, 2013
Review by Brie Finegold, "From Simple Rules Repeated," Science, January 18, 2013
Review by Jim Holt, "He Conceived the Mathematics of Roughness," The New York Review of Books, May 23, 2013
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Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway, by Siobhan Roberts
Review by Michael Harris, “The Mercurial Mathematician,” Nature, July 23, 2015, pp. 406407
Review by Colm Mulcahy, “John H. Conway: Genius at Play,” Huffington Post, July 14, 2015
Review by Genna Buck, "The lonely life of a unique genius," Maclean's, August 11, 2015
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, August 31, 2015
Geometric Magic Squares, by Lee C. F. Sallows
Reviewed by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, September 24, 2013
Geometry and the Imagination, by David Hilbert and S. CohnVossen
Reviewed by Tim Penttila, MAA Reviews, November 16, 2013
The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search of the Impossible, by Lance Fortnow
Review by Veit Elser, "Can OompaLoompas Save Us from Perebor?," Science, July 5, 2013
Golf on the Moon: Entertaining Mathematical Paradoxes and Puzzles, by Dick Hess
Review by Peter T. Olszewski, MAA Reviews, August 18, 2014
The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life, by Alex Bellos
Review by Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe, June 7, 2014
Review by Jennifer Ouellette, The New York Times, August 1, 2014
Great Calculations: A Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries, by Colin Pask
Review by Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews, August 28, 2015
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Henri Poincaré: Impatient Genius, by Ferdinand Verhulst
Review by Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, October 27, 2012
Review by Julio M. Ottino, AIP Scitation, October 2013
Henri Poincaré: A Scientific Biography, by Jeremy Gray
Review by George Szpiro, "Poet of the Infinite", Nature, December 6, 2012
Review by Peter Pesic, "What Poincaré Knew," Science, March 22, 2013
Review by Julio M. Ottino, AIP Scitation, October 2013
Higher Order Fourier Analysis, by Terence Tao
Review by Allen Stenger, MAA Reviews, July 22, 2013
A History in Sum: 150 Years of Mathematics at Harvard (1825–1975), by Steve Nadis and ShingTung Yau
Review by Steve Batterson, Notices of the AMS, June/July 2014
How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World, by Amir Alexander
Review by Jennifer Ouellette, The New York Times, August 1, 2014
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, by Jordan Ellenberg
Interview with the author, NPR, June 2, 2014
Review by Manil Suri, The Washington Post, June 13, 2014
Review by Annie Murphy Paul, How to Learn to Love Math, Time Magazine, June 13, 2014
Review by Erin Anderssen, “If you ever wondered how math class could help you later in life, here’s your answer,” The Globe and Mail, June 18, 2014
Review in Nature, June 19, 2014, page 339
Review by Hiawatha Bray, The Boston Globe, July 5, 2014
Review by Peter Orszag, "Math Plus Statistics Adds Up to Fun at the Beach", Money News, July 29, 2014
Review by Jennifer Ouellette, The New York Times, August 1, 2014
Review by William Satzer, MAA Reviews, August 5, 2014
Review by GrrlScientist, The best popular science books of 2014: Physical sciences, The Guardian, December 18, 2014
How To Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics, by Eugenia Cheng
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, May 1, 2015
Review by Margaret Quamme, "Higher math served in bitesize bits," The Columbus Dispatch, May 10, 2015
Review by Alex Bellos, The New York Times, June 12, 2015
Review by Simon Worrall, “What Do Mayonnaise and Hollandaise Have To Do With Math?,” National Geographic, June 21, 2015
Review by Ria Misra, "How to Bake Pi Uses Math to Solve the Cookbook Paradox," i09, July 10, 215
On Publishers Weekly’s spring 2015 announcements and “Top 10: Science”
The Humans, by Matt Haig
Review by Harry Ritchie, The Guardian, May 15, 2013
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I, Mathematician, edited by Peter Casazza, Steven G. Krantz and Randi D. Ruden
Review by P. N. Ruane, MAA Reviews, June 10, 2015
The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen Every Day, by David Hand
Review by John A. Adams, The Washington Post, February 21, 2014
Review by Jennifer Ouellette, The New York Times, August 1, 2014
Review by Eve LimbrickOldfield, "What are the Chances?," Science, September 12, 2014
Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World, by Amir Alexander
Review by John Allen Paulos, "The 16th Century’s Line of Fire, ‘Infinitesimal,’ a Look at a 16thCentury Math Battle," The New York Times, April 7, 2014
Review by NPR Staff, "Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History", NPR, April 20, 2014
Review by Judith V. Grabiner, MAA Reviews, June 12, 2014
Review by Robyn Arianrhod, Times Higher Education, June 19, 2014
Review by Paula E. Findlen, "The Mathematical Shape of Modernity," Chronicle of Higher Education, June 23, 2014
Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather, by Ian Roulstone and John Norbury
Review, Books in Brief, Nature, April 4, 2013
Review by Peter Lynch, Notices of the AMS, September 2013
Invitation to a Mathematical Festival, by Ivan Yashchenko
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, March 16 2013
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The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity, by Steven Strogatz
Internet interview with Steven Strogatz, Science Friday, October 5, 2012
Internet interview with Steven Strogatz, "The Beauty and Delight of Mathematics: Q&A with Steven Strogatz," Wired Science, October 30, 2012
Review by Tom Siegfried, Science News, November 3, 2012
Review by Daniel N. Rockmore, "Making Math Pop," The Chronicle Review, January 14, 2013
Review by Robert James, The Bookbag, online, March 2013
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The King of Infinite Space, by David Berlinski
Reviewed in Nature, January 31, 2013
Review by Brian Hayes, "Sparring with the Great Geometer", American Scientist, March  April 2013
Knots and Borromean Rings, RepTiles, and Eight Queens, by Martin Gardner
Review by Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews, May 14, 2015
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Peter Lax, Mathematician: An Illustrated Memoir, by Reuben Hersh
Review by William J. Satzer, MAA Reviews, February 19, 2015
The Leading Indicators, by Zachary Karabell
Review by Diane Coyle, Statistically Speaking, The New York Times, April 11, 2014
Letters to a Young Scientist, by Edward O. Wilson
Review by Shaoni Bhattacharya, "You don't need good mathematics to be a scientist," New Scientist, May 6, 2013
Review by Stuart Pimm, "A guide to the life scientific," Nature, April 18, 2013
Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics, by V. Raghunathan
Review by Dilip D'Souza, Live Mint, August 31, 2013
The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age, by Paul J. Nahin
Review by Marissa Fessenden, Scientific American, November 2012
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, November 8, 2012
Review by Martin Davis, Notices of the AMS, September 2013
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality, by Edward Frenkel
Review by John Matson, Scientific American, September 20, 2013
Review by Minyanville, NASDAQ, September 27, 2013
Review by James Currie, "Math wiz breaks with nerd stereotype," Winnepeg Free Press, October 5, 2013
Review by Marcus du Sautoy, "Proof of passion," Nature, October 3, 2013
Review by Leonard Mlodinow, "It All Adds Up", New York Times, October 25, 2013
Interview with Edward Frenkel, Science Weekly Podcast, The Guardian, November 11, 2013
Review by Amir Alexander, "Brilliance Triumphs Over Rejection: In ‘Love & Math,’ Fighting Discrimination Through Numbers," New York Times, November 18, 2013
Review by Jim Holt, "A Mathematical Romance," The New York Review of Books, December 5, 2013
Review by Brian Hayes, "The Monodromy of Love," American Scientist, JanuaryFebruary 2014
Review by Julia McKinnell, Maclean's, December 17, 2013
Reviewed by Anthony W. Knapp, "Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality," Notices, October 2014
Review by Alex Alaniz, “Love & Math, A Review Of Edward Frenkel’s Bestseller, A Math Planetarium,” Science 20, September 4, 2015
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Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics, by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann
Review by Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews, September 12, 2013
Review by Tony Mann, Times Higher Learning, September 2013
Manifold Mirrors: The Crossing Paths of the Arts and Mathematics, by Felipe Cucker
Review by Hardy Gant, MAA Reviews, September 19, 2013
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, by Robert Kanigel
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, May 27, 2014
Martin Gardner in the TwentyFirst Century, edited by Michael Henle and Brian Hopkins
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, April 9, 2013
The MATH BOOK: From Pythagoras to the 57^{th} Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics, by Clifford A. Pickover
Review by Sarah J. Greenwald and Jill E. Thomley, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, April 2015
Mathematical Card Magic: FiftyTwo New Effects, by Colm Mulcahy
Reviewed by Kara Shane Colley, MAA Reviews, November 11, 2013
Review by Alex Bellos, “Algebracadabra! Here's a classic magic trick, and the mathematical secret behind it”, The Guardian, February 4, 2013
Mathematical Cartoons, by Charles Ashbacher
Review by David S. Mazel, MAA Reviews, August 10, 2015
Mathematical Circle Diaries, Year 1: Complete Curriculum for Grades 5 to 7, by Anna Burago
Review by Alex Bogomolny, MAA Reviews, January 30, 2013
Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments, by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann
Review by Richard J. Wilders, MAA Reviews, September 23, 2014
Mathematical Excursions to the World's Great Buildings, by Alexander J. Hahn
Review by Science, February 15, 2013
Mathematical Magic, by William Simon
Review by Peter Olszewski, MAA Reviews, June 9, 2015
Mathematical Puzzles and Curiosities, by Barry R. Clarke
Review by Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews, August 15, 2014
Mathematical Understanding of Nature: Essays on Amazing Physical Phenomena and Their Understanding by Mathematicians, by V. I. Arnold
Review by William J. Satzer, MAA Reviews, October 28, 2014
A Mathematician's Lament, by Paul Lockhart
Review by Mary Margaret Alvarado, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 4, 2015
Mathematicians on Creativity, edited by Peter Borwein, Peter Liljedahl, and Helen Zhai
Review by Kelli M. Slaten, MAA Reviews, December 17, 2014
The Mathematician’s Shiva, by Stuart Rojstaczer
Review by Larry N. Mayer, "Love, Death and Math in Wisconsin: 'Mathemetician's Shiva' Is Rollicking Debut Novel," The Jewish Daily Forward, January 13, 2015
Review by Jane Honchell, “See Jane Read: Warm up your heart and mind with ‘The Mathematician’s Shiva’,” The Abington Journal, January 27, 2015
Mathematics and the Making of Modern Ireland: Trinity College Dublin from Cromwell to the Celtic Tiger, by David Attis
Review by Robert W. Hayden, MAA Reviews, December 16, 2014
Mathematics in NineteenthCentury America: The Bowditch Generation, by Todd Timmons
Review by Diann Porter, MAA Reviews, June 20, 2014
Mathematics in 20thCentury Literature and Art, by Robert Tubbs
Review by P. N. Ruane, MAA Reviews, September 6, 2014
Mathematics in Victorian Britain, edited by Raymond Flood, Adrian Rice, and Robin Wilson
Review by P. N. Ruane, MAA Reviews, May 16, 2014
Mathematics of Planet Earth: Mathematicians Reflect on How to Discover, Organize, and Protect Our Planet, by Hans Kaper and Christiane Rousseau
Review by Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews, September 7, 2015
Mathematics without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation, by Michael Harris
Review by Amir Alexander, Nature, March 5, 2015, p. 31
Math Bytes, by Tim Chartier
Review by Alex Bello, "Empire State Building vanishes: amazing images of geometrical illusion", The Guardian, April 1, 2014
Review by Sol Lederman, Wild About Math: Making Math Fun and Accessible, April 6, 2014
Review by Robert Shaefer, New York Journal of Books, April 6, 2014
Review by Alex Bogomolny, Cut the Knot, April 2014
Review by A. Bultheel, The European Mathematical Society, May 12, 2014
Review by Philip J. Davis, Mathematics as Play, SIAM, June 2, 2014
Review by Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews, June 9, 2014
Review by Rachael Skyner, Whimsical Math, Science, September 5, 2014
Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom, by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez
Review by Robert W. Hayden, MAA Review, December 11, 2012
Review by Abigail Tarttelin, The Huffington Post, January 4, 2013
Review by Janet Raloff, Science News, June 29, 2013
Review by Paul H. Edelman, Burden of Proof: A Review of Math on Trial, Notices of the AMS, August 2013
Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even If You Don't, by Patricia Clark Kenschaft
Review by Ellen Ziliak, MAA Reviews, October 7, 2014
Meaning in Mathematics, edited by John Polkinghorne
Review by Michael Heller, "Deep Questions on the Nature of Mathematics," Notices of the AMS, May 2013
A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), by Barbara Oakley
Interview by Michael Morella, “Learning the Language of Numbers,” US News and World Report, September 5, 2014
Review by Beverly Wood, MAA Reviews, October 30, 2014
Gösta MittagLeffler. A Man of Conviction, by Arild Stubhaug
Review by Sigurdur Helgason, Notices of the AMS, September 2013
The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations, by Boris A. Kordemsky
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, May 14, 2015
My Life and Functions, by Walter K. Hayman
Review by David Drasin, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, May 2015
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Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, by Charles Wheelan
Review by Evelyn J. Lamb, "Great Refresher or First Course," Science, April 5, 2013
Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity, by Loren Graham and JeanMichel Kantor
Review by Jascha Hoffman, "Pursuing the Infinite," Nature, April 23, 2009
Review in Scientific American, April 2009
Review by Alexey Glutsyuk, Notices of the AMS, January 2014
John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy, by Julian Havil
Review by George Szpiro, "Constructor of a Marvellous Canon", Nature, October 30, 2014
The New Math: A Political History, by Christopher J. Phillips
Review by Alex Bellos, “Mathematics: Set theory for sixyearolds,” Nature, December 4, 2014
Review by Jeremy Kilpatrick, Curriculum and the Cold War," Science Magazine, pp 380, January 23, 2015
The New Science of Cities, by Michael Batty
Review by Michael Szell, "Connecting Paradigms", Science, February 28, 2014
The Newton Papers, by Sarah Dry
Review by Mordechai Feingold, A voyage round Newton," Nature, May 2014
The New York Times Book of Mathematics, Edited by Gina Kolata
Review by Ian Stewart, Notices of the AMS, May 2014
The Noether Theorems: Invariance and Conservation Laws in the Twentieth Century, by Yvette KosmannSchwarzbach
Review by Robyn Arianrhod, The Evolution of an Idea, Notices of the AMS, August 2013
The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death, by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter
Review by Jennifer Ouellette, The New York Times, August 1, 2014
Review by Mark Bollman, MAA Reviews, December 7, 2014
Numbers and Functions: From a ClassicalExperimental Mathematician's Point of View, by Victor H. Moll
Review by Alex Bogomolny, MAA Reviews, January 14, 2013
Numbers: Their Tales, Types, and Treasures, By Alfred S. Posamentier and Bernd Thaller
Review by Underwood Dudley, MAA Reviews, September 11, 2015
A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His and Probably Yours, by John Allen Paulos
Review by Conor Friedersdorf, “How Math Can Defeat Bullies”, The Atlantic, July 3, 2015
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Odds Against Tomorrow, by Nathaniel Rich
Review by Alan Cheuse, NPR News, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, April 1, 2013
On Leibniz, by Nicholas Rescher
Review by Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews, January 18, 2014
Review by Eberhard Knobloch, Notices of the AMS, August 2015
On the Connexion of the Physical Science, by Mary Somerville
Review by Richard Holmes, Nature, October 23, 2014
William Fogg Osgood at Harvard: Agent of a Transformation of Mathematics in the United States, by Diann R. Porter
Review by Todd Timmons, MAA Reviews, April 23, 2014
Our Mathematical Universe, by Max Tegmark
Review by Max Tegmark, "Can the Meaning of Life Be Explained by Math?," Publishers Weekly, January 10, 2014
Review by Peter Woit, The Wall Street Journal, January 17, 2014
Review by Stephen C. Hirtle, Pittsburgh PostGazette, January 25, 2014
Review by Brian Rotman, The Guardian, January 31, 2014
Review by Edward Frenkel, The New York Times, February 14, 2014
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Paradoxes in Probability Theory, by William Eckhardt
Review by Olle Häggström, Notices of the AMS, March 2013
Pearls from a Lost City: The Lvov School of Mathematics, by Roman Duda
Review by Henry Heatherly, MAA Reviews, September 14, 2014
The Poetry of Victorian Scientists, by Daniel Brown
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, July 28, 2014
Henri Poincaré: A Biography Thorugh the Daily Papers, by JeanMarc Ginoux and Christian Gerini
Review by P.N. Ruane, MAA Reviews, March 2, 2014
Henri Poincaré. A Scientific Biography, by Jeremy Gray
Reviewed by John Stillwell, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, April 2014
> Prime Mystery: The Life and Mathematics of Sophie Germain, by Dora E. Musielak
Review by David Pengelley, MAA Reviews, April 21, 2015
Probably Approximately Correct, by Leslie Valiant
Review by Marcus Feldman, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, November 2014/p> >
Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries, by Ian Stewart
Review by Tom French, MAA Reviews, October 2, 2014
Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers, by Ian Stewart
Reviewed by Ittay Weiss, MAA Reviews, April 28, 2015
The Proof and The Pudding: What Mathematicians, Cooks, and You Have in Common, by Jim Henle
Review by Joel Haack, MAA Reviews, May 2, 2015
The Puzzling Adventures of Doctor Ecco, by Dennis Shasha
Review by Megan Patnott, MAA Reviews, September 9, 2015
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Quantum Computing Since Democritus, by Scott Aaronson
Review by Avi Wigderson, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, November 2014
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Really Big Numbers, by Richard Evan Schwartz
Review by Yelena McManaman, "Infinity is Farther Than You Think", Moebius Noodles, July 21, 2014
Review by Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, August 21, 2014
Review by Sondra Eklund, Sonder Books, April 21, 2015>
Reflections: The Magic, Music and Mathematics of Raymond Smullyan, by Raymond Smullyan
Review by Joel Haack, MAA Reviews, June 30, 2015
Iris Runge: A Life at the Crossroads of Mathematics, Science, and Industry, by Renate Tobies
Review by Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews, July 22, 2013
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Secret History: The Story of Cryptology, by Craig P. Bauer
Review by Ellen Ziliak, MAA Reviews, August 4, 2014
Seduced by Logic: Emilie du Chatelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution, by Robyn Arianrhod
Review by Jane GleesonWhite, "Female pioneers in mathematics found strength in numbers ," The Australian, 23 July 2011
Review by Judith V. Grabine, Notices of the AMS, JuneJuly 2013
Interview by Richard FIdler, Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC Local, October 28, 2013
Shaping Space: Exploring Polyhedra in Nature, Art, and the Geometrical Imagination, edited by Marjorie Senechal
Review by Gizem Karaali, MAA Reviews, December 31, 2013
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t, by Nate Silver
Review by Noam Scheiber, "Known Unknowns," The New York Times, November 2, 2012
Review by Andrew Hacker, "How He Got It Right," The New York Review of Books, January 10, 2013
Review by Sam Wang and Benjamin C. Campbell, "Mr. Bayes Goes to Washington," Science Magazine, February 15, 2013
Review by Lisa Goldberg, Quantitative Finance, December 16, 2013
Simon: The Genius in my Basement, by Alexander Masters
Review by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, December 15, 2014
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, by Simon Singh
Review by Thomas Jones, The Guardian, October 24, 2013
Review by NPR Staff, "Divide By D'oh! The 'Mathematical Secrets' Of The Simpsons," NPR Author Interviews, October 26, 2013
Review by Parade, "5 Math Lessons Hidden in The Simpsons," Parade Magazine, October 29, 2013
Review by Amir Alexander, "Examining the Square Root of D’oh!," The New York Times, January 27, 2014
Review by Ruchi Kumar, “Simon says, Math is still a minority sport,” DNA India, February 9, 2014
Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers, by Marc Chamberland
Review by William J. Satzer, MAA Reviews, June 6, 2015
Review by Rob Cline, The Gazette, August 30, 2015
Mary Somerville and the World of Science, by Allan Chapman
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, February 12, 2015
The Symphony of Primes, Distribution of Primes and Riemann's Hypothesis, by Jan Feliksiak
Review by BWW Books, October 8, 2013
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Taming the Unkown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century, by Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall
Review by Calvin Jongsma, MAA Reviews, February 26, 2015
Textbooks, Testing, Training: How We Discourage Thinking, by Stephen S. Willoughby
Review by Tom Sinclair, MAA Reviews, September 14, 2014
Théorème Vivant, by Cédric Villani (See Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure for reviews of the English version)
Reviewed by Jacques Hurtubise, Notices of the AMS, February 2014
Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More, by Matt Parker
Review by Paul Klassen, “Math book shows how numbers are functional — and fun,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 27, 2014
Review by Colm Mulcahy, “How to Get to the Fourth Dimension,” Scientific American, July 31, 2015
Thinking in Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math, by Daniel Tammet
Review by Manjit Kumar, The Telegraph, August 22, 2012
Review by Simon Ings, "Mathematics is as rich as literature," CultureLab blog, New Scientist, August 14, 2012
Review by Jordan Ellenberg, The Boston Globe, July 27, 2013
Review by Alexandra Witze, Science News, September 20, 2013
Topics in Recreational Mathematics, edited by Charles Ashbacher
Reviewed by Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, June 5, 2015
The Tower of Hanoi  Myths and Maths, by Andreas M. Hinz, Sandi Klavžar, Uroš Milutinović, and Ciril Petr
Review by Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society, February 23, 2013
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, May 28, 2013
Review by Andrew Percey, zb Math
Review by László Kozma, ACM SIGACT News, Volume 45 Issue 3, pages 3436, September 2014
Review by JeanPaul Allouche, Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society, Issue 93, page 56, September 2014
Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in GermanSpeaking Academic Culture, edited by Birgit Bergmann, Moritz Epple, and Ruti Ungar
Review by Marjorie Senechal, Notices of the AMS, February 2013
Turbulent Times in Mathematics: The Life of J. C. Fields and the History of the Fields Medal, by Elaine McKinnon Riehm and Frances Hoffman
Review by Deborah Kent, Isis, Vol. 105, No. 2 (June 2014), pp. 457458
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe, by George Dyson
Review by Thomas Misa, "Digital dawn," Nature, March 1, 2012, page 32
Review by Douglas Bell, "The godfather of the iPad," Globe & Mail, March 16, 2012
Review by William Poundstone, "Unleashing the Power," The New York Times, May 4, 2012
Review by Tom Siegfried, Science News, September 8, 2012
Review by Fenella Saunders, "When the World Went Digital," American Scientist, MayJune 2013, pages 23334
Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges
Review by Katherine SaffordRamus, MAA Reviews, November 30, 2014
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Undiluted HocusPocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner, by Martin Gardner
Review by David Singmaster, Master Puzzler, Nature, September 19, 2013
Review by Brian Hayes, Martin Gardner’s Autobiography: A Lifelong Quest for Truth and Meaning, Scientific American, September 20, 2013
Review by Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, September 24, 2013
Review by Jordan Ellenberg, The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2013
Review by Stephen Hirtle, "'Undiluted HocusPocus': How science columnist Martin Gardner spread joy with numbers and games," Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 27, 2013
Review by Teller, "The Brainteaser," The New York Times, January 3, 2014
Review by Andy Magid, Notices of the AMS, March 2014
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Visions of Infinity, by Ian Stewart
Review by Tom Siegfried, Science News, March 23, 2013
Review by P. N. Ruane, MAA Reviews, March 7, 2013
Vito Volterra, by Angelo Guerraggio and Giovanni Paoloni
Review by Alex Bogomolny, MAA Reviews, March 19, 2013
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War Games: A History of War on Paper, by Philipp von Hilgers
Review by Ursula Whitcher, MAA Reviews, August 13, 2013
A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular Mathematics Writing, edited by Benjamin Wardhaugh
Review by Mark Bollman, MAA Reviews, June 30, 2012
Review by Carol Dorf, "A Wealth of Complexities," American Scientist, March  April 2013
Review by Andy R. Magid, Notices of the AMS, March 2013
Wearing Gauss's Jersey, by Dean Hathout
Review by Mark Bollman, MAA Reviews, September 12, 2013
What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, Volume 9, by Dana Mackenzie
Review by Tom Schulte, MAA Review, August 5, 2013
Who Killed Professor X?, by Thodoris Andriopoulos
Review by P. N. Ruane, MAA Reviews, April 15, 2015
Who's #1? — The Science of Rating and Ranking, by Amy N. Langville and Carl D. Meyer
Review by Richard J. Wilders, MAA Reviews, March 29, 2012
Review by Andrew I. Dale, Notices of the AMS, January 2013
Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics at All?, by Ian Hacking
Review by John P. Burgess, Notices of the AMS, December 2014
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X and the City: Modeling Aspects of Urban Life, by John A. Adam
Review by David S. Mazel, MAA Reviews, May 12, 2013
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Zombies and Calculus, by Colin Adams
Review by Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews, September 25, 2014
Review by NoelAnn Bradshaw, Times Higher Education, October 23, 2014
Review by Tara Creel, "'Zombies and Calculus' brings math concepts back from the dead," Deseret News, October 27, 2014/p>
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).
Plays Reviewed
Breaking the Code, directed by Joe Calarco
Review by Bob Goepfert, Saratogian, July 29, 2014
Calculus: The Musical, by Marc Gutman and Sadie Bowman
Review by Amona Refaei, The News Record, February 20, 2013
A Disappearing Number, by Simon McBurney
Review by Carolyn Clay, "A Mathematical Path To The Hereafter?," WBUR The Artery, November 5, 2014
Proof, by David Auburn
Review by Bridgette Redman, ‘Proof’ adds up to witty family drama in Grand Ledge, Lansing State Journal, July 9, 2015
X&Y, a play by Marcus du Sautoy
Review by Jeremy Lee, "Arts: A multiple of sums", The Actuary, November 7, 2013
Review by Allan Hunter, Screen Daily, September 7, 2014
Films 'Reviewed
A Brilliant Young Mind, directed by Morgan Matthews (see X+Y for reviews on the U.K. release of the film)
Review by Keith Devlin, Huffington Post, September 2, 2015
Review by Alan Scherstuhl, "Prime Achievement: 'A Brilliant Young Mind' Doesn't Master Math, but it Aces Life," The Village Voice, September 8, 2015
Review by Keith Devlin, "Love Multiplies At A Math Olympiad In 'Brilliant'," NPR, September 12, 2015
Review by Ty Burr, "Smart take on a genius in ‘A Brilliant Young Mind’", The Boston Globe, September 24, 2015
Review by Colin Covert, “Math genius' dizzying life is told with mesmerizing power in 'A Brilliant Young Mind',” Star Tribune, October 1, 2015
Counting from Infinity, directed by George Csicsery
Review by Gar Smith, "Counting from Infinity: It's a Matherpiece," The Berkeley Daily Planet, May 22, 2015
Flatland: The Movie, by Seth Caplan, Jeffrey Travis, and Dano Johnson
Review by Michelle Press, Scientific American, May 2008
Review by Julie Rehmeyer, Flatland and its sequel bring the math of higher dimensions to the silver screen, Science News, July 29, 2013
The Genius of George Boole, produced by Lord David Puttnam
Review by Olivia Kelleher, "Boole’s impact on technology is explored on film," Irish Examiner, August 16, 2015
How I Came to Hate Maths (Comment j’ai deteste les maths), a film by Olivier Peyon
Review by Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter, November 30, 2013
Review by Kang Hyunkyung, "French documentary questions 'new math'," The Korea Times, September 3, 2014
Review by Juliette Cerf, Télérama Magazine, January 20, 2015, January 20, 2015
The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum
Review by Mary Milliken, My Next Fone, September 14, 2014
Review by Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ ten, November 13, 2014
Review by S. Barry Cooper, “Imitation Game will finally bring Alan Turing the fame he so rightly deserves,” The Conversation, November 19, 2014
Review by S. Barry Cooper, "You Need To See 'The Imitation Game' If You Care At All About Technology", Business Insider, November 20, 2014
Review by David Edelstein, "Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game',"NPR, November 25, 2014
Review by A. O. Scott, "Broken Codes, Both Strategic and Social," New York Times, November 27, 2014
Review by Kenneth Turan, "Mathematician's Story Is Dramatic Enough For The Big Screen," NPR, November 28, 2014
Review by Eric Molinsky, "Benedict Cumberbatch takes on another brilliantly awkward role as the man who brought computers to the world," PRI, November 30, 2014
Painting the Way to the Moon, directed by Jacob Akira Okada
Review by Anthony Bellano, "Award Winning Documentary Focusing on Revolutionary Princeton Mathematician Coming to Garden Theater," Princeton Patch, February 20, 2015
Late Style  Yuri I. Manin, Looking Back on a Life in Mathematics, directed by Agnes Handwerk and Harrie Willems
Review by Gunther Cornelissen, Notices of the AMS, January 2013
X+Y, directed by Morgan Matthews (See A Brilliant Young Mind for reviews on the U.S. release of the film)
Review by Rob Parsons, "How a Yorkshire mathematician with Asperger Syndrome inspired a new film," The Yorkshire Post, March 12, 2015
Review by Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, March 12, 2015
Review by Matt Watson, Film Trance, March 19, 2015
Review by Mark Walker, The Copenhagen Online Post, September 10, 2015
See also: Mathematics Goes to the Movies, compiled by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross; The Math in the Movies Page, collections of reviews of mathrelated movies compiled by A. G. Reinhold; and Mathematics in Movies, clips from movies assembled by Oliver Knill.
Television Shows Reviewed
For more reviews please see the archive of reviews prior to 2013.
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