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# The New York Times Book of Mathematics: More Than 100 Years of Writing by the Numbers

by
Gina Kolata ,
Paul Hoffman

From the archives of the world's most famous newspaper comes a collection of its very best writing on mathematics. Big and informative, "The New York Times Book of Mathematics" gathers more than 110 articles written from 1892 to 2010 that cover statistics, coincidences, chaos theory, famous problems, cryptography, computers, and many other topics. Edited by Pulitzer Prize
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ebook, 496 pages

Published
June 1st 2013
by Sterling
(first published April 2nd 2013)

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*New York Times*, and you have a winner of a book.

*The Book of Mathematics*chronicles changes in theory and practice over the past 100 years, a time of tremendous chan ...more

Sep 13, 2013
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I am still currently reading this book.. I happened upon it why just scanning the New book shelf at my local library.. It was the Saturday before Labor day, and my local library was to be closed Sunday and Monday, so I wanted to get something different out to read. No, I am not a Math Wiz, nor do I want to sound like I am being so important that I am trying to impress you with my math literacy.. Its just that these days, with computers taking up so much of our lives, and being so intricately
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But no. It was rather snippets of articles from 100 years. It ...more

The subtitle of the book is More than 100 years of writing by the numbers. In other words, this is a collection of articles taken from the New York Times over the last 100 years. It's readable for non-mathematicians (well, mostly), and gives you ...more

Beyond this basic structural nuisance, I kept feeling surprised how little math is included. The book reads more like a who's who along with the names of their accomplishments, with very little math content most of the time. I wasn't prepared to handle a math textbook, but somehow expected ...more

Dec 21, 2013
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A 2013 staff nonfiction favorite recommended by staffer Melissa. Read her review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

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The only downside that I can think of is that if you've read some math in the past, you're bound to find many of the essays repetitive (there's more than a couple dealing with Fermat's Last Theorem) which is sort of like watching a movie you already know the ending to.

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Kolata graduated from the University of Maryland and studied molecular biology at the graduate level at MIT for a year and a half. Then she returned to the University of Maryland and obtained a master’s degree in applied mathematics. Kolata has taught writing as a visiting professor at Princeton University and frequently gives lectures across the country. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with
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