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For our December meeting we will be discussing the book The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz.
From Booklist: When Strogatz invites grade-schoolers to construct Möbius strips with scissors, crayons, and tape, he is not expecting them to discover revolutionary new mathematical principles. But he does expect them to experience the kind of intellectual joy that sustains a lifetime of mathematical inquiry. Readers share that joy by joining Strogatz on a high-spirited romp through complex numbers, standard deviations, infinite sums, differential equations, and other mathematical playgrounds. The math arrives in such delightful episodes—a hike through a snow-covered field, for example, or an excited dinner conversation over symbols scribbled on a napkin—and is so often connected to poetry, sports, and popular TV shows that even math phobes will find themselves swept up in the fun. (Who knew that The Sopranos could help us fathom calculus?) To be sure, Strogatz occasionally points well-schooled readers to the rigorous analyses identified in his endnotes. But even those reluctant to venture into deeper waters will finish this book with a new relish for mathematics as a thrilling adventure, not a dreary chore. --Bryce Christensen
Please note we are meeting at 12 noon this month.
I have also created a poll to see if there a desire to move our meeting time. Please click here to vote. If there is no strong consensus I will leave it at 1 pm.
Future reading list:
January: Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Goldstein
February: The Believing Brain:…How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer
March: Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark