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Great read for the math lovers, something for everyone Feb. 13 2012
By Marc Mest - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great collection of math articles and papers from the year 2010. Sure most of it is out there on the internet, but the author does a great job of organizing and presenting math from the historical, philosophical, applied, and academic.

The description does not really do this book justice, since they don't even highlight some of the best articles in the book.

There are a few great articles on applied math. My personal favorite and worth the price of the book is the one on probability and optimizing your odds by knowing when to stop. And there is a great one on math and the internet.

Tim Gowers has a contribution.

The other side of this are the critical articles addressing issues related to math and academics. For me it was the ADA article, since I am disabled. And a critical look at Calculus textbooks, and how the simplification of terminology is hurting students. ( an oversimplification ).

I have only touched on some of my favorites. this spans all aspects of math and is not a purely academic read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book with mathematical themes that span a spectrum June 17 2013
By AC - Published on Amazon.com
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I love books like this... one does not have to read it in any particular order, and selecting which article to read can seem akin to deciding what kind of food to select from a wonderful buffet. And depending on whatever I happen to feel like taking a dive into, topic-wise, I'm sure to find something that is compatible with the given 'mood'.

Among the interesting and unexpected topics I came across in this book (and delightedly so) was a fascinating piece in which the question of why the English translation/version of Einstein's landmark paper on relativity lacked the initial page that was included in other versions, in which he praised mathematics (and theoretical ventures into areas for which no practical application was known at the time), and specific mathematicians, and why (and their relevance to the theory he was about to expound on).

I am thankful that a compiled anthology involving mathematics was begun at all, let alone that it has continued, as an annual publication.

I highly recommend this book for those whose interest in mathematics extends beyond the specifics of calculation, and into the arenas of theory, discovery, application, philosophy, and teaching/education/communication.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well done book on mathematics. May 29 2012
By phoebleweeble - Published on Amazon.com
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I am more than half way through the book and am enjoying a look into the different facets of mathematics - its use, the various philosophies and methods in approaching the subject, and its education.
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A little about a lot of things, all very well done Nov. 2 2013
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is typical of anthologies, in that for almost all people, some of the papers will excite while others will be somewhat dull. For not everyone is interested in all mathematics in all the ranges from research to history to education to fun.
Yet, there is also something in here that will titillate the math parts of every person interested in mathematics. The level of the papers is that of popular mathematics, there are few equations and those are generally below the level of college mathematics.
The papers are organized into the sections:

*) Mathematics alive
*) Mathematicians and the practice of mathematics
*) Mathematics and its applications
*) Mathematics education
*) History and philosophy of mathematics
*) Mathematics in the media

One of my favorite papers was “If Mathematics Is a Language, How Do You Swear in It? “ by David Wagner. He notes that one category of swearing is to say something non-permissible, which is rather easy to do in mathematics. It contains an amusing collection of analogies between verbal and mathematical improprieties. Like many other items in this collect, it would be an excellent article to have math classes read and discuss.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission

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