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Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions by Brian Hayes
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Oct 06, 11

bookshelves: mathematics, essays, topology, number-theory, history, nonfiction
Read from May 30 to June 02, 2011

As it turns out, the sexy title of the book is actually a reference to...mattress flipping. That said, Hayes expertly shows how a computer, some paper, and good old fashioned thought can really lead to some neat insights on everything from mattress flipping to war. The essays are very lucid, and easy to read, even if you don't have a math background. The book is also full of graphs and charts that really clarify points he makes in the book. Some mathematicians may criticize it for it's lack of rigor, but the audience of the book is primarily those who don't have math PhD's. It also serves as powerful primers for the more esoteric math subjects, like group theory. This book is probably not for everyone, but if you have a healthy interest in math, it makes for some fine reading.
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