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New Books in Mathematics Podcast by Marshall Poe

New Books in Mathematics Podcast

by Marshall Poe

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Interviews with Mathematicians about their New Books.


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Raffi Grinberg, “The Real Analysis Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Understand Proofs” (Princeton UP, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 15, 2017


If ever there were a course that needs a book like Raffi Grinberg’s The Real Analysis Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Understand Proofs (Princeton University Press, 20170, analysis is unquestionably it, and I only wish that Raffi had…

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Matthew L. Jones, “Reckoning with Matter: Calculating Machines, Innovation, and Thinking about Thinking from Pascal to Babbage” (U. Chicago Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


Matthew L. Jones’s wonderful new book traces a history of failed efforts to make calculating machines, from Blaise Pascal’s work in the 1640s through the efforts of Charles Babbage in the nineteenth century, incorporating an account of both the work…

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Brian Clegg, “Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World (St. Martin’s Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jan 04, 2017


Brian Clegg’s Are Numbers Real? The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) is a compact, very readable, and highly entertaining history of the development and use of mathematics to answer the important practical questions…

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Ian Stewart, “Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe” (Basic Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 29, 2016


The book discussed here is Ian Stewart’s Calculating the Cosmos: How Mathematics Unveils the Universe (Basic Books, 2016). If you would like to read a book that in my opinion represents the nicest job of presenting astronomy and cosmology in…

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Alfred Posamentier and Stephen Krulik, “Effective Techniques to Motivate Mathematics Instruction” (Routledge, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Oct 01, 2016


From the title, you might guess that Alfred Posamentier and Stephen Krulik’s Effective Techniques to Motivate Mathematics Instruction (Routledge, 2016) is aimed at mathematics teachers which it is. However, the techniques and strategies discussed in the book can be effectively…

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Alfred S. Posamentier and Robert Geretschlager, “The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration Beyond the Line” (Prometheus Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Sep 11, 2016


Alfred S. Posamentier and Robert Geretschlager, The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration Beyond the Line (Prometheus Books, 2016) goes considerably beyond what its modest title would suggest. The circle has played a pivotal role–that’s “role” with an ‘e,’ but…

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Beineke and Rosenhouse, eds., “The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 23, 2016


Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse‘s new book The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math (Princeton University Press, 2015) covers a multitude of topics and is in many ways as entertaining as the various subjects it describes.…

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Adam Kucharski, “The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling” (Basic Books, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


Adam Kucharski, who won the 2012 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, has delivered another winner in an area rife with both winners and losers. The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling (Basic…

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James D. Stein, “L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


Romance. Crime. Mathematics. These things do not go together. Or do they? James D. Stein thinks they do, and he admirably shows us how in his wonderful collection of stories L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of

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Lynn Gamwell, “Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History” (Princeton UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jan 05, 2016


Today I’m talking with Lynn Gamwell about Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History (Princeton University Press, 2015). This book is a breathtaking combination of scholarship and beauty, tracing the interplay of mathematics and art throughout mankind’s history, East and West.…

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Brian Clegg, “How Many Moons Does the Earth Have? The Ultimate Science Quiz Book” (Icon Books, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 07, 2015


Brian Clegg, who is arguably the most prolific science writer since Isaac Asimov, and almost certainly the most prolific British one, has written a delightfully tantalizing book entitled How Many Moons Does the Earth Have? The Ultimate Science Quiz

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Dan Bouk, “How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


Who made life risky? In his dynamic new book, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual (University of Chicago Press, 2015), historian Dan Bouk argues that starting in the late nineteenth century, the life-insurance…

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John Allen Paulos, “A Numerate Life” (Prometheus Books, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Nov 12, 2015


John Allen Paulos, who has accomplished the unheard-of double of writing best-sellers about mathematics and inserting a word (‘innumeracy’) into the language, has attempted another ambitious feat – bringing mathematics to bear on one of the few subjects it…

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Arthur Benjamin, “The Magic of Math” (Basic Book, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 30, 2015


Today we’ll be talking about The Magic of Math (Basic Books, 2015)by Arthur Benjamin. This is a book that has the gee-whiz feeling you got when you first encountered George Gamow’s classic One, Two, Three … Infinity, but…

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Margaret Morrison, “Reconstructing Reality: Models, Mathematics, and Simulations” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Jul 15, 2015


Almost 400 years ago, Galileo wrote that the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics. Today, mathematics is integral to physics and chemistry, and is becoming so in biology, economics, and other sciences, although amid great controversy.…

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Christopher J. Phillips, “The New Math: A Political History” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 26, 2015


Christopher J. Phillips‘ new book is a political history of the “New Math,” a collection of curriculum reform projects in the 1950s & 1960s that were partially sponsored by the NSF and involved hundreds of mathematicians, teachers, professors, administrators,…

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Colin Adams, “Zombies and Calculus” (Princeton UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Oct 15, 2014


The book discussed in this interview is Zombies and Calculus (Princeton University Press, 2014)? by Colin Adams.?  ? This is a truly unique book; a novel written in the first-person by the survivor of a zombie apocalypse who has managed…

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Jordan Ellenberg, “How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking” (Penguin Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jul 08, 2014


The book discussed in this interview is How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking(Penguin Press, 2014), by Jordan Ellenberg.?  This is one of those rare books that belong on the reading list of every educated…

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Sue VanHattum, “Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers” (Natural Math, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jun 26, 2014


[Re-published with permission from Inspired by Math] Sue VanHattum is a math professor, blogger, mother, author/editor, and fundraiser. She’s a real powerhouse of motivation for making math fun and accessible to more of our young folks. Sue has…

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Al Cuoco and Joe Rotman, “Learning Modern Algebra: From Early Attempts to Prove Fermat’s Last Theorem” (MAA, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jun 20, 2014


[Re-published with permission from Inspired by Math] The MAA (Mathematical Association of America) sent me a review copy of their new book Learning Modern Algebra: From Early Attempts to Prove Fermat’s Last Theorem. I don’t typically review…

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David Reimer, “Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics” (Princeton UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 09, 2014


[Re-posted with permission from Sol Lederman’s? Wild About Math]? I love novel ways of looking at arithmetic. I’m fascinated with how computers compute in binary, with tricks for simplifying calculations and with how Vedic mathematicians handle difficult arithmetic…

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Peter Gardenfors, “The Geometry of Meaning: Semantics Based on Conceptual Spaces” (MIT Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jun 09, 2014


A conceptual space sounds like a rather nebulous thing, and basing a semantics on conceptual spaces sounds similarly nebulous. In The Geometry of Meaning: Semantics Based on Conceptual Spaces (MIT Press, 2014), Peter Gardenfors demonstrates that this need not be…

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Oscar E. Fernandez, “Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us (Princeton UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Apr 17, 2014


The book discussed in this interview is? Everyday Calculus:? Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us(Princeton University Press, 2014)by? Oscar E. Fernandez, who teaches mathematics – and calculus in particular – at Wellesley College.?  While it can…

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Michael Strevens, “Tychomancy: Inferring Probability from Causal Structure” (Harvard UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 15, 2014


When we’re faced with a choice between Door #1, Door #2, and Door #3, how do we infer correctly that there’s an equal chance of the prize being behind any of the doors? How is it that we are generally…

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Tim Chartier, “Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing” (Princeton UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 08, 2014


[Re-posted with permission from? Wild About Math]? My favorite kind of math challenges are those that children can understand and professional mathematicians can’t solve easily (or at all.)? Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits

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Chuck Adler, “Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction” (Princeton UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Feb 14, 2014


[Re-posted with permission from Wild About Math] I’ve admitted before that Physics and I have never gotten along. But, science fiction is something I enjoy. So, when Princeton University Press sent me a copy of Physics Professor Chuck

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Eli Maor and Eugen Jost, “Beautiful Geometry” (Princeton UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Feb 11, 2014


Beautiful Geometry? (Princeton UP, 2014),? by the mathematician prof.? Eli Maor? and the noted artist? Eugen Jost.?  It’s a fascinating collaboration which helps to bridge the gap deplored by C. P. Snow in his classic? The Two Cultures.

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Edward Frenkel, “Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality” (Basic Books, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 08, 2013


The book discussed in this interview is Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality Basic Books, 2013) by Edward Frenkel of the University of California at Berkeley.It’s a toss-up which is more interesting – the description of Frenkel’s life…

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Colm Mulcahy, “Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects” (A K Peters, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Sep 26, 2013


[Re-posted with permission from Wild About Math] I had the pleasure of interviewing mathematician and mathematical card magic innovator? Colm Mulcahy. Dr. Mulcahy just published a book,? Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects? (A K Peters, 2013)…

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Brian Clegg, “Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe” (Icon Books, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 04, 2013


The book discussed in this interview is Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe (Icon Books, 2013), by Brian Clegg, an acclaimed British writer of books on science for the general public. Brian has a knack…

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Leonard Wapner, “Unexpected Expectations: The Curiosities of a Mathematical Crystal Ball” (A.K. Peters, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 06, 2013


Today I talked to Leonard Wapner about his new book Unexpected Expectations: The Curiosities of a Mathematical Crystal Ball? (A.K. Peters, 2012).?  Prof. Wapner’s previous book, The Pea and the Sun, was an in-depth investigation of the Banach-Tarski Theorem,…

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Lance Fortnow, “The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible” (Princeton UP, 2013))

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 02, 2013


Today we’ll be discussing Lance Fortnow‘s bookThe Golden Ticket:P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible (Princeton University Press, 2013).The book focuses on the challenges associated with solving problems requiring significant computation, such as “What is the largest…

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Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez, “Math on Trial” (Basic Books, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 13, 2013


You may well have seen “Numb3rs,” a TV show in which mathematicians help solve crimes. It’s fiction. But, as Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez show in their eye-opening new book Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and

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Catherine Jami, “The Emperor’s New Mathematics: Western Learning and Imperial Authority During the Kangxi Reign (1662-1722)” (Oxford UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Oct 19, 2012


Challenging conventional modes of understanding China and the circulation of knowledge within the history of science, Catherine Jami‘s new book looks closely at the imperial science of the reign of the Kangxi Emperor (r. 1662-1722). It focuses on the…

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Roger Hart, “The Chinese Roots of Linear Algebra” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 27, 2012


Roger Hart‘s The Chinese Roots of Linear Algebra (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) is the first book-length study of linear algebra in imperial China, and is based on an astounding combination of erudition and expertise in both Chinese history…

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