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Possible Worlds and Other Essays

by J. B. S. Haldane

The essays in the first part of this book deal mainly with matters of fact. Those which follow are more speculative. Haldane advanced genetics, population biology and evolutionary theory. This volume emphasizes...

Adventures in Mathematical Reasoning

by Sherman Stein

Equally appealing to beginners and to the mathematically adept, this book bridges the humanities and sciences to explore applications behind computers, cell phones, measurement of astronomical distance, cell...


by Albrecht Beutelspacher, Andrea Easterday, Andrea Bruder & John J. Watkins

Posing the question "What exactly is a number?" a distinguished German mathematician presents this intriguing and accessible survey. Albrecht Beutelspacher ― founder of the renowned interactive mathematics...

Subjective Probability: the Only Kind Possible

by Paolo Manca

In the context of a non-deterministic view of the world, probability is a number which reflects the degree of confidence someone has that a given statement or event is true, based on the information they have....

A Mathematician's Lament

by Paul Lockhart & Keith Devlin

“One of the best critiques of current mathematics education I have ever seen.”—Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR’s Morning Edition

A brilliant research mathematician who has devoted his career to teaching...

Math-A-Day: A Book of Days for Your Mathematical Year

by Theoni Pappas

Pappas has come up with yet another way to make math part of your life. MATH -A-DAY is not a calendar and not a reference book, but a compendium of mathematical information that will give you your math fix everyday....

The Magic of Mathematics

by Theoni Pappas

Delves into the world of ideas, explores the spell mathematics casts on our lives, and helps you discover mathematics where you least expect it. Be spellbound by the mathematical designs found in nature. Learn...

Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive

by Theoni Pappas

Most people don’t think about numbers, or take them for granted. For the average person numbers are looked upon as cold, clinical, inanimate objects. Math ideas are viewed as something to get a job done or...

Mathematical Footprints: Discovering Mathematics Everywhere

by Theoni Pappas

MATHEMATICAL FOOTPRINTS takes a creative look at the role mathematics has played since prehistoric times, and will play in the future, and uncovers mathematics where you least expect to find it from its many...

Math Stuff

by Theoni Pappas

Whether it's stuff in your kitchen or garden, stuff that powers your car or your body, stuff that helps you work, communicate or play, or stuff that you've never heard of you can bet that mathematics is there....

The Secret Harmony of Primes

by Sam Vaseghi

The sequence of the primes is something of a mystery in number theory‚ if not in all of mathematics. Hardly any topic has ever fascinated mathe¬maticians more. Euler once said‚ "Mathematicians have tried...

The conjecture of Syracuse

by Rolando Zucchini

The solution of one of the many mathematical conjectures The conjecture of Syracuse (better known as the Collatz conjecture) is one of the many mathematical conjectures still waiting for proof. In this essay...


by Peter Olofsson

Praise for the First Edition

“If there is anything you want to know, or remind yourself, about probabilities, then look no further than this comprehensive, yet wittily written and enjoyable, compendium of...

Have I really solved Fermat's Last Theorem?

by Salvatore G. Franco

The author, after an unusual incipit and a brief mention to the complex demonstration of the Theorem, elaborated by the great mathematician Andrew Wiles, wants to try himself in the im-pari tenzone, but using...