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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Book Recommendation

I enjoy mathematics books written for laymen. One of the very best (of many) out in the last few years I think is William Byers', "How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics." The book covers various topics of number theory, infinity, logic, paradox, meaning, and related areas that touch upon the workings of the human mind. If you are a math-phobe, granted you probably won't enjoy this work. But if you have some interest in, and affinity for, the essences of mathematics, I think it is a rich must-read.
More info on the volume here (Amazon) and here (book review, pdf).

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