Book club: Best Writing on Mathematics 2011

I can now make the book-club date official; we have a reservation for
the third floor of Science Club. The book we'll be reading is:

"The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011", ed. Mircea Pitici
Foreward by Freeman Dyson.
Princeton UP, 383pp, ISBN[masked]-5.
Book web page: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9526.html
Table of contents (PDF): http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/c9526.pdf

It may be too ambitious to have all ~400 pages read by late January;
maybe half the book is a more reasonable goal. I'll post a message two
weeks before the meeting to ask how everyone is doing with the book and then
we can decide; maybe we'll only discuss the first N essays.

The book is $12.03 on Amazon at the moment; abebooks.com has a few
used or remaindered copies for slightly less. Caution: one of the
Amazon reviews for the Kindle edition claims that the equations are
mangled and difficult to read, so you may want to go for the printed edition
instead of an e-book.

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  • Sarah

    I've been very busy lately with a family emergency but would love to see you all! Would it be okay for me to to stop by despite not having had the chance to read the book?

    January 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sparkles: sure, please do! I'm sure we'll go off into side discussions starting from the book.

      January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heh, just finished another book referred to by Budd and Eastaway, Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time". It's a wonderful story, and it does have a proof of a special case of the Pythagorean Theorem, in an appendix.

    January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In the Budd and Eastaway article, p. 338, the mention the BBC film called "Fermat's Last Theorem". I just watched it on youtube, and it's so wonderful! Everyone should watch it, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FnXgprKgSE

    January 27, 2013

  • Eduardo E.

    Sorry guys, already had plans for that night. Definitely catch me up afterwards to see how it goes and thanks for the invite!

    January 26, 2013

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