


Books released during the week of April 7, 2014  
Count Like an Egyptian: A Handson Introduction to Ancient Mathematics David Reimer "Reimer gives us a detailed introduction to the mathematics of the ancient Egyptiansfrom their arithmetic operations to their truncated pyramidsin a beautifully designed volume that is so much easier to read than a papyrus scroll."William Dunham, author of The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue  
Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us Oscar E. Fernandez "For every befuddled math student who's ever sat in class and thought, 'When am I ever going to use this?' Fernandez, assistant professor of mathematics at Wellesley College, gleefully reveals the truth: the world really does run on math. . . . Whether describing how biology uses math to design more efficient organs and body structures or the best way to figure out when to overhaul a subway car, Fernandez keeps the tone light, as entertaining as it is informative. The book will speak most strongly to readers with some experience in trigonometry and basic calculus, but it's also accessible to those willing to put in a little extra effort. Either way, Fernandez's witty, delightful approach makes for a winning introduction to the wonderland of math behind the scenes of everyday life."Publishers Weekly (starred review)  
Books released during the week of March 17, 2014  
Math Bytes: Google Bombs, ChocolateCovered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing Tim Chartier "How can you tell, by just looking, that 1782^{12} + 1841^{12} = 1922^{12} is not a true statement? When you search for something on the web, how does Google know how to respond with the most relevant hits first? Chartier tells you how in this book. Each new discussion illustrates the almost supernatural explanatory nature of mathematics, promising many hours of enjoyment."Paul J. Nahin, author of Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now?: And Numerous Other Curious Questions in Probability  
Books released during the week of March 10, 2014  
Falling Behind? Boom, Bust, and the Global Race for Scientific Talent Michael S. Teitelbaum "Detailing the varied interests driving science and engineering workforce policy, Falling Behind? demonstrates that unfortunately, scores of highskilled workers have been on the losing end of failed education and immigration agendas. This book provides critical analysis and an opportunity to change the dialogue for these issues."Paul E. Almeida, DPE AFLCIO  
Introduction to Computational Science: Modeling and Simulation for the Sciences (Second Edition) Angela B. Shiflet & George W. Shiflet Praise for the previous edition: "The heart of Introduction to Computational Science is a collection of modules. Each module is either a discussion of a general computational issue or an investigation of an application. . . . [This book] has been carefully and thoughtfully written with students clearly in mind."William J. Satzer, MAA Reviews  
Books released during the week of March 3, 2014  
Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers Joseph Mazur "Mazur (Euclid in the Rainforest) gives readers the fascinating history behind the mathematical symbols we use, and completely take for granted, every day. Mathematical notation turns numbers into sentencesor, to the uninitiated, a mysterious and impenetrable code. Mazur says the story of math symbols begins some 3,700 years ago, in ancient Babylon, where merchants incised tallies of goods on cuneiform tablets, along with the first place holdera blank space. Many early cultures used letters for both numbers and an alphabet, but convenient objects like rods, fingers, and abacus beads, also proved popular. Mazur shows how our 'modern' system began in India, picking up the numeral 'zero' on its way to Europe, where it came into common use in the 16th century, thanks to travelers and merchants as well as mathematicians like Fibonacci. Signs for addition, subtraction, roots, and equivalence followed, but only became standardized through the influence of scientists and mathematicians like René Descartes and Gottfried Leibniz. Mazur's lively and accessible writing makes what could otherwise be a dry, arcane history as entertaining as it is informative."Publishers Weekly  
Books released during the week of February 24, 2014  
Frontiers in Complex Dynamics: In Celebration of John Milnor's 80th Birthday Edited by Araceli Bonifant, Misha Lyubich, & Scott Sutherland John Milnor, best known for his work in differential topology, Ktheory, and dynamical systems, is one of only three mathematicians to have won the Fields medal, the Abel prize, and the Wolf prize, and is the only one to have received all three of the Leroy P. Steele prizes. In honor of his eightieth birthday, this book gathers together surveys and papers inspired by Milnor's work, from distinguished experts examining not only holomorphic dynamics in one and several variables, but also differential geometry, entropy theory, and combinatorial group theory.  
Books released during the week of February 18, 2014  
Hangzhou Lectures on Eigenfunctions of the Laplacian Christopher D. Sogge Based on lectures given at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and Johns Hopkins University, this book introduces eigenfunctions on Riemannian manifolds. Christopher Sogge gives a proof of the sharp Weyl formula for the distribution of eigenvalues of LaplaceBeltrami operators, as well as an improved version of the Weyl formula, the DuistermaatGuillemin theorem under natural assumptions on the geodesic flow.  
Books released during the week of February 3, 2014  
Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science Joshua M. Epstein "Agent Zero offers a solution to some of social science's great puzzles. Its behavioral basis is the interplay of emotion, cognition, and network contagion effects. It elegantly explains why so many human actions are so manifestly dysfunctional, and why some are downright evil."George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics  
Chow Rings, Decomposition of the Diagonal, and the Topology of Families Claire Voisin In this book, Claire Voisin provides an introduction to algebraic cycles on complex algebraic varieties, to the major conjectures relating them to cohomology, and even more precisely to Hodge structures on cohomology. The volume is intended for both students and researchers, and not only presents a survey of the geometric methods developed in the last thirty years to understand the famous BlochBeilinson conjectures, but also examines recent work by Voisin.  
Books released during the week of January 13, 2014  
Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction Charles L. Adler "To only call Wizards, Aliens, and Starships engaging would be a real understatementit is a delightful, funny, and immensely interesting romp through science and fiction. From candlepower to teleportation, all the way to the fate of the cosmos in the span of a googol years, this is a cornucopia of teachable material. It is also a reminder of the simple thrill of applying science to the world around us, real or imagined. A new classic."Caleb Scharf, author of Gravity's Engines and The Copernicus Complex  
Books released during the week of January 6, 2014  
Three Views of Logic: Mathematics, Philosophy, and Computer Science Donald W. Loveland, Richard E. Hodel & S. G. Sterrett "Formal logic should no longer be taught as a course within a single subject area, but should be taught from an interdisciplinary perspective. Three Views of Logic has many fine features and combines materials not found together elsewhere. We have needed an accessible textbook like this one for quite some time."Hans Halvorson, Princeton University  
Books released during the week of December 30, 2013  
Beautiful Geometry Eli Maor & Eugen Jost "Mathematicians sometimes compare wellconstructed equations to works of art. To them, patterns in numbers hold a beauty at least equal to that found in any sonnet or sculpture. In this book, Maor, a math historian, teams with Jost, an artist, to reveal some of that mathematical majesty using jewellike visualizations of classic geometric theorems. . . . The result is a book that stimulates the mind as well as the eye."Lee Billings, Scientific American  
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2013 Edited by Mircea Pitici Foreword by Roger Penrose Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "[A] volume of unexpectedly fascinating mathematical research, musings, and studies that explore subjects from art to medicine. . . . [R]eaders from many disciplines will find much to pique their interest."Publishers Weekly 

Books released during the week of December 16, 2013  
Advances in Analysis: The Legacy of Elias M. Stein Edited by Charles Fefferman, Alexandru D. Ionescu, D. H. Phong & Stephen Wainger Princeton University's Elias Stein was the first mathematician to see the profound interconnections that tie classical Fourier analysis to several complex variables and representation theory. His fundamental contributions include the KunzeStein phenomenon, the construction of new representations, the Stein interpolation theorem, the idea of a restriction theorem for the Fourier transform, and the theory of H^{p} spaces in several variables. . . . Drawing inspiration from Stein's contributions to harmonic analysis and related topics, this volume gathers papers from internationally renowned mathematicians, many of whom have been Stein's students. 

Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent Alberto A. Martinez "Alberto A. Martínez . . . shows that the concept of negative numbers has perplexed not just young students but also quite a few notable mathematicians. . . . The rule that minus times minus makes plus is not in fact grounded in some deep and immutable law of nature. Martínez shows that it's possible to construct a fully consistent system of arithmetic in which minus times minus makes minus. It's a wonderful vindication for the obstinate smartaleck kid in the back of the class."Greg Ross, American Scientist 

Books released during the week of December 9, 2013  
Number Theory: A Historical Approach John J. Watkins "I know of no other book at this easily accessible level that combines extensive coverage of the mathematics with so many interesting biographical facts and anecdotes."Thomas W. Cusick, University at Buffalo, State University of New York 

Books released during the week of November 18, 2013  
Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science Michael Nielsen "[A] thoughtprovoking call to arms. . . . Reinventing Discovery will frame serious discussion and inspire wild, disruptive ideas for the next decade."Chris Lintott, Nature 

Books released during the week of November 11, 2013  
X and the City: Modeling Aspects of Urban Life John A. Adam "[Adam's] writing is fun and accessible. . . . College or even advanced high school mathematics instructors will find plenty of great examples here to supplement the standard calculus problem sets."Library Journal 

Who's #1? The Science of Rating and Ranking Amy N. Langville & Carl D. Meyer "[A] thorough exploration of the methods and applications of ranking for an audience ranging from computer scientists and engineers to highschool teachers to 'people interested in wagering on just about anything'."Nature Physics 

Books released during the week of November 4, 2013  
Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now? And Numerous Other Curious Questions in Probability Paul J. Nahin "A wonderful book for trained math lovers who enjoy the mental stimulation provided by a good mathematics puzzle."Harold D. Shane, Library Journal 

Books released during the week of October 21, 2013  
Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved (Revised Color Edition) Robin Wilson With a new foreword by Ian Stewart "The simplicity of the fourcolor conjecture is deceptive. Just how deceptive is made clear by Robin Wilson's delightful history of the quest to resolve it. . . . Four Colors Suffice is strewn with good anecdotes, and the author . . . proves himself skillful at making the mathematics accessible."Jim Holt, New York Review of Books 

Books released during the week of September 16, 2013  
Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian A. Douglas Stone "Albert Einstein (18791955) is as famous for his paradigmshifting theories of relativity as he is for his grudge against quantum mechanics, but Stone's (Physics/Yale Univ.) engaging history of Einstein's ardent search for a unifying theory tells a different story. Einstein's creative mind was behind almost every single major development in quantum mechanics. . . . The author adeptly weaves his subject's personal life and scientific fame through the tumult of world war and, in accessible and bright language, brings readers deep into Einstein's struggle with both the macroscopic reality around him and the quantum reality he was trying to unlock. . . . A wonderful reminder that Einstein's monumental role in the development of contemporary science is even more profound than history has allowed."Kirkus Reviews 

Books released during the week of September 9, 2013  
Undiluted HocusPocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner Martin Gardner With a foreword by Persi Diaconis and an afterword by James Randi "Readers who only know Gardner for his math and science writing will be surprised at his focus on religion, and this autobiography demonstrates his passion to explain and understand the world around him."Publishers Weekly 

Books released during the week of September 3, 2013  
The Ultimate Quotable Einstein (New in Paperback) Collected and edited by Alice Calaprice With a foreword by Freeman Dyson "[The Ultimate Quotable Einstein] is a compelling selection. . . . Students of Einstein's work and life, who are familiar with these contexts, can find many embellishments to their research, and often puzzling contrary notes to customary portrayals of his stance on issues ranging from Zionism to domestic life."Choice 

Books released during the week of August 5, 2013  
The Universe in Zero Words:
The Story of Mathematics as Told through Equations Dana Mackenzie "Quietly learned and beautifully illustrated, Mackenzie's book is a celebration of the succinct and the singular in human expression."Nature 

Books released during the week of July 22, 2013  
A Mathematics Course for Political and Social Research Will H. Moore & David A. Siegel "Moore and Siegel provide an exceptionally clear exposition for political scientists with little formal training in mathematics. They do this by emphasizing intuition and providing reasons for why the topic is important. Anyone who has taught a firstyear graduate course in political methodology has heard students ask why they need to know mathematics. It is refreshing to have the answers in this book."Jan BoxSteffensmeier, Ohio State University 

Books released during the week of April 22, 2013  
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age W. Bernard Carlson "A scholarly, critical, mostly illuminating study of the life and work of the great Serbian inventor."Kirkus Reviews 

Books released during the week of April 15, 2013  
Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers John MacCormick With a foreword by Chris Bishop "Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future offers a great way to find out what computer science is really about. In this very readable book, MacCormick (a computer scientist at Dickinson College) shows how a collection of sets of intangible instructions invented since the 1940s has led to monumental changes in all our lives. . . . MacCormick provides a taste of why we computer scientists get so excited about algorithmsfor their utility, of course, but also for their beauty and elegance."Paul Curzon, Science 

Books released during the week of April 8, 2013  
Spaces of PL Manifolds and Categories of Simple Maps Friedhelm Waldhausen, Bjørn Jahren & John Rognes Since its introduction by Friedhelm Waldhausen in the 1970s, the algebraic Ktheory of spaces has been recognized as the main tool for studying parametrized phenomena in the theory of manifolds. However, a full proof of the equivalence relating the two areas has not appeared until now. This book presents such a proof, essentially completing Waldhausen's program from more than thirty years ago. 

Books released during the week of March 18, 2013  
Degenerate Diffusion Operators Arising in Population Biology Charles L. Epstein & Rafe Mazzeo This book provides the mathematical foundations for the analysis of a class of degenerate elliptic operators defined on manifolds with corners, which arise in a variety of applications such as population genetics, mathematical finance, and economics. 

Books released during the week of March 11, 2013  
The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible Lance Fortnow "Fortnow effectively initiates readers into the seductive mystery and importance of P and NP problems."Publishers Weekly 

Books released during the week of March 4, 2013  
Arithmetic Compactifications of PELType Shimura Varieties KaiWen Lan By studying the degeneration of abelian varieties with PEL structures, this book explains the compactifications of smooth integral models of all PELtype Shimura varieties, providing the logical foundation for several exciting recent developments. The book is designed to be accessible to graduate students who have an understanding of schemes and abelian varieties. 

Digital Dice: Computational Solutions to Practical Probability Problems (New in Paperback) Paul J. Nahin "The problems are accessible but still realistic enough to be engaging, and the solutions in the back of the book will get you through any sticky spots. Writing your own versions of a few of these programs will acquaint you with a useful approach to problem solving and a novel style of thinking."Brian Hayes, American Scientist 

Books released during the week of February 4, 2013  
Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather Ian Roulstone & John Norbury "[O]ne of the great strengths of the book is the way it picks apart the challenge of making predictions about a chaotic system, showing what improvements we might yet hope for and what factors confound them."Philip Ball, Prospect 

Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes, and Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics (New in Paperback) Robert B. Banks "Robert Banks's study of everyday phenomena is infused with infectious enthusiasm."Publishers Weekly 

Trigonometric Delights (New in Paperback) Eli Maor "Maor's presentation of the historical development of the concepts and results deepens one's appreciation of them, and his discussion of the personalities involved and their politics and religions puts a human face on the subject. His exposition of mathematical arguments is thorough and remarkably easy to understand. There is a lot of material here that teachers can use to keep their students awake and interested. In short, Trigonometric Delights should be required reading for everyone who teaches trigonometry and can be highly recommended for anyone who uses it."George H. Swift, American Mathematics Monthly 

Books released during the week of December 24, 2012  
Spin Glasses and Complexity Daniel L. Stein & Charles M. Newman "This excellent book fills a unique and valuable niche. It is a great introduction to some fascinating physics, emphasizing the fundamental concepts and the connections to other complex systems. There are lots of technical volumes on spin glasses, but no other book works at this nonmathematical level, certainly not while still being so accurate and insightful."Cosma Shalizi, Carnegie Mellon University 

Books released during the week of December 3, 2012  
Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry Glen Van Brummelen "Heavenly Mathematics is heavenly, is mathematics, and is so much more: history, astronomy, geography, and navigation replete with historical illustrations, elegant diagrams, and charming anecdotes. I haven't followed mathematical proofs with such delight in decades. If, as the author laments, spherical trigonometry was in danger of extinction, this book will give it a longlasting reprieve."David J. Helfand, president of the American Astronomical Society 

Books released during the week of November 12, 2012  
The GrossZagier Formula on Shimura Curves Xinyi Yuan, Shouwu Zhang & Wei Zhang This comprehensive account of the GrossZagier formula on Shimura curves over totally real fields relates the heights of Heegner points on abelian varieties to the derivatives of Lseries. The formula will have new applications for the Birch and SwinnertonDyer conjecture and Diophantine equations. 

Wind Wizard: Alan G. Davenport and the Art of Wind Engineering Siobhan Roberts "Richly drawn. . . . A winning, enlightening investigation into wind engineering and the man who made the airwaves speak."Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

Books released during the week of November 5, 2012  
Henri Poincaré: A Scientific Biography Jeremy Gray "Poincaré was much more than a mathematician: he was a public intellectual, and a rare scientist who enthusiastically rose to the challenge of explaining and interpreting science for the public. With amazingly lucid explanations of Poincaré's ideas, this book is one that any reader who wants to understand the context and content of Poincaré's work will want to have on hand."Dana Mackenzie, author of The Universe in Zero Words  
Mathematical Tools for Understanding Infectious Disease Dynamics Odo Diekmann, Hans Heesterbeek & Tom Britton "This landmark volume describes for readers how one should view the theoretical side of mathematical epidemiology as a whole. A particularly important need is for a book that integrates deterministic and stochastic epidemiological models, and this is the first one that does this. I know of no better overview of the subject. It belongs on the shelf of everyone working in mathematical epidemiology."Fred Brauer, University of British Columbia 

Books released during the week of October 22, 2012  
The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012 Edited by Mircea Pitici Foreword by David Mumford Praise for The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011: "Pitici turns out a second volume of unexpectedly fascinating mathematical research, musings, and studies that explore subjects from art to medicine. . . Readers from many disciplines will find much to pique their interest."Publishers Weekly  
Newton and the Origin of Civilization Jed Z. Buchwald & Mordechai Feingold "The reader of Buchwald and Feingold's long awaited book will learn not only about Newton the historian, but also about his theological, alchemical, mathematical, and astronomical work. The authors have something new to say about every facet of Newton's intellectual endeavor: about his peculiar way of working with numbers and data, his anxieties concerning evidence and testimony, his polemics with the English and the French erudites."Niccolò Guicciardini, author of Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method 

Books released during the week of October 8, 2012  
The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age Paul J. Nahin "In this book, Nahin brings to life the immense practical outcomes of deep theoretical ideas. Too often, technological advances are seen as isolated inventions and the underlying mathematical and scientific infrastructure goes unappreciated. By following the story of George Boole and Claude Shannon with a lively historical style, and a futuristic extension to quantum computing, Nahin makes the connection of theory and practice into something vivid and compelling."Andrew Hodges, author of Alan Turing: The Enigma 

Books released during the week of October 1, 2012  
The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 13: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, January 1922  March 1923 (Documentary Edition) Edited by Diana Kormos Buchwald, József Illy, Ze'ev Rosenkranz, & Tilman Sauer Einstein's work and intense scientific exchangeswith N. Bohr, P. Ehrenfest, A. Sommerfeld, M. Born, and othersduring these fifteen months result in remarkable publications and intellectual developments. A paper written with Ehrenfest shows with uncompromising clarity that the outcome of the recent SternGerlach experiment could not be explained by either classical or quantum theory. In a similar vein, he analyzes the phenomenon of superconductivity. Clearly among the leading quantum theorists, he focuses on its conceptual bases, tirelessly proposing crucial experiments that could decide between classical and quantum physics. We also see foundational interests develop in his concerns with a unified field theory of electromagnetism and gravitation. 

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 13: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, January 1922  March 1923 (English Translation Supplement) Edited by Diana Kormos Buchwald, József Illy, Ze'ev Rosenkranz, & Tilman Sauer Translated by Ann M. Hentschel & Osik Moses Klaus Hentschel, consultant Every document in Collected Papers of Albert Einstein appears in the language in which it was written, and this supplementary paperback volume presents the English translations of select portions of nonEnglish materials in Volume 13. This translation does not include notes or annotation of the documentary volume and is not intended for use without the original language documentary edition which provides the extensive editorial commentary necessary for a full historical and scientific understanding of the documents. 

Books released during the week of September 10, 2012  
Guesstimation 2.0:
Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin Lawrence Weinstein "Guesstimation 2.0 is an entertaining read, with the added attraction that it can be consumed in small portions by opening it on almost any page. I can easily see having this book close by and returning to it again and again."Mark Levi, author of Why Cats Land on Their Feet: And 76 Other Physical Paradoxes and Puzzles  
Books released during the week of July 30, 2012  
Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen Kirsten ShepherdBarr "Science on Stage is the best available companion to modern science plays."Times Higher Education Supplement  
Books released during the week of July 2, 2012  
Across the Board: The Mathematics of Chessboard Problems John J. Watkins "Watkins offers an excellent invitation to serious mathematics."Choice  
Chases and Escapes: The Mathematics of Pursuit and Evasion (New in Paper) Paul J. Nahin "I am sure that this book will appeal to everyone who is interested in mathematics and game theory. Excellent work."Prabhat Kumar Mahanti, Zentralblatt Math  
Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers Paul J. Nahin "Nahin's sophisticated puzzles, and their accompanying explanations, have a far better than even chance of fascinating and preoccupying the mathematically literate readership they seek."Publisher's Weekly  
The Irrationals:
A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On Julian Havil "The Irrationals is a true mathematician's and historian's delight."Robert Schaefer, New York Journal of Books  
Mathematical Excursions to the World's Great Buildings Alexander J. Hahn "[Hahn] conducts an opulent historical and geographical tour."Jascha Hoffman, New York Times Book Review  
The Mathematical Mechanic: Using Physical Reasoning to Solve Problems Mark Levi "A most interesting book. . . . Many of the ideas in it could be used as motivational or illustrative examples to support the teaching of nonspecialists, especially physicists and engineers. In conclusiona thoroughly enjoyable and thoughtprovoking read."Nigel Steele, London Mathematical Society Newsletter  
Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics Robert B. Banks "[Banks displays] a playful imagination and love of the fantastic that one would not ordinarily associate with a mathematical engineer. . . . Banks's style is entertaining but never condescending."The Christian Science Monitor  
Books released during the week of May 7, 2012  
Alan Turing:
The Enigma The Centenary Edition Andrew Hodges "One of the finest scientific biographies ever written."Jim Holt, New Yorker  
Alan Turing's Systems of Logic: The Princeton Thesis Edited and introduced by Andrew W. Appel "For me, this is the most interesting of Alan Turing's writings, and it is a real delight to see a facsimile of the original typescript here. The work is packed with ideas that have turned out to be significant for all sorts of current research areas in computer science and mathematics."Barry Cooper, University of Leeds  
Why Cats Land on Their Feet: And 76 Other Physical Paradoxes and Puzzles Mark Levi "A collection of physical puzzlers, often with counter intuitive manifestations, which, for all that, admit rigorous explanation supported by physical intuition. . . . [H]ugely entertaining and provide hours of brainy activities."Alexander Bogomolny, CTK Insights  
X and the City:
Modeling Aspects of Urban Life John A. Adam "[Adam's] writing is fun and accessible. . . . College or even advanced high school mathematics instructors will find plenty of great examples here to supplement the standard calculus problem sets."Library Journal  
Books released during the week of April 23, 2012  
The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science: The Very Best Backyard Science Experiments You Can Do Yourself Neil A. Downie "This is the most extensive collection of project ideas at this level that I know of. Downie gives better 'how to' explanations and takes the ideas further than most other books of this kind. The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science is a true omnibus."David Willey, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown  
Books released during the week of April 16, 2012  
The Decomposition of Global Conformal Invariants (AM182) Spyros Alexakis This book addresses a basic question in differential geometry that was first considered by physicists Stanley Deser and Adam Schwimmer in 1993 in their study of conformal anomalies.  
Books released during the week of April 9, 2012  
The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told through Equations Dana Mackenzie The Universe in Zero Words tells the history of twentyfour great and beautiful equations that have shaped mathematics, science, and societyfrom the elementary (1+1=2) to the sophisticated (the BlackScholes formula for financial derivatives), and from the famous (E=mc2) to the arcane (Hamilton's quaternion equations). Mackenzie, who has been called "a popularscience ace" by Booklist magazine, lucidly explains what each equation means, who discovered it (and how), and how it has affected our lives.  
A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular Mathematics Writing Edited by Benjamin Wardhaugh This entertaining and enlightening anthologythe first of its kindgathers nearly one hundred fascinating selections from the past 500 years of popular math writing, bringing to life a littleknown side of math history.  
Books released during the week of April 2, 2012  
MumfordTate Groups and Domains: Their Geometry and Arithmetic (AM183) Mark Green, Phillip A. Griffiths & Matt Kerr MumfordTate groups are the fundamental symmetry groups of Hodge theory, a subject which rests at the center of contemporary complex algebraic geometry. This book is the first comprehensive exploration of MumfordTate groups and domains. Containing basic theory and a wealth of new views and results, it will become an essential resource for graduate students and researchers.  
Books released during the week of March 26, 2012  
New in Paperback: Euler's Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology David S. Richeson "The author has achieved a remarkable feat, introducing a naïve reader to a rich history without compromising the insights and without leaving out a delicious detail. Furthermore, he describes the development of topology from a suggestion by Gottfried Leibniz to its algebraic formulation by Emmy Noether, relating all to Euler's formula. This book will be valuable to every library with patrons looking for an aweinspiring experience."Choice  
Books released during the week of February 27, 2012  
Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative Edited by Apostolos Doxiadis & Barry Mazur "Circles Disturbed offers a range of possibilities for how narrative can function in mathematics and how narratives themselves show signs of a mathematical structure. An intelligent, exploratory collection of writings by a distinguished group of contributors."Theodore Porter, University of California, Los Angeles  
Hybrid Dynamical Systems: Modeling, Stability, and Robustness Rafal Goebel, Ricardo G. Sanfelice & Andrew R. Teel "This superb book unifies some of the key developments in hybrid dynamical systems from the last decade and, through elegant and clear technical content, introduces the necessary tools for understanding the stability of these systems. It will be a great resource for graduate students and researchers in the field."Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology  
Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football (New in Paper) Wayne L. Winston "Sports fans will learn much from probability theory and statistical models as they abandon empty clichés (time to throw momentum out of the informed fan's lexicon) and confront institutionalized injustices (such as those built into the protocols for selecting a national champion in college football and for seeding the NCAA's basketball tournament). A rare fusion of sports enthusiasm and numerical acumen."Booklist  
Books released during the week of February 13, 2012  
Mathematical Analysis of Deterministic and Stochastic Problems in Complex Media Electromagnetics G. F. Roach, I. G. Stratis & A. N. Yannacopoulos "This is an outstanding book that has the potential to become a real classic. It is the first to systematically address the mathematics of electromagnetic wave propagation in complex media. It will be useful not only to mathematicians but also graduate students, physicists, and engineers who want to get a stateoftheart picture of scattering by complex media."Gerhard Kristensson, Lund University, Sweden  
Books released during the week of February 6, 2012  
Fréchet Differentiability of Lipschitz Functions and Porous Sets in Banach Spaces (AM179) Joram Lindenstrauss, David Preiss & Jaroslav Tišer
This book makes a significant inroad into the unexpectedly difficult question of existence of Fréchet derivatives of Lipschitz maps of Banach spaces into higher dimensional spaces. Because the question turns out to be closely related to porous sets in Banach spaces, it provides a bridge between descriptive set theory and the classical topic of existence of derivatives of vectorvalued Lipschitz functions. The topic is relevant to classical analysis and descriptive set theory on Banach spaces. The book opens several new research directions in this area of geometric nonlinear functional analysis.  
Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings Amy N. Langville & Carl D. Meyer "[F]or anyone who wants to delve deeply into just how Google's PageRank works, I recommend Google's PageRank and Beyond."Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek  
Small Unmanned Aircraft: Theory and Practice Randal W. Beard & Timothy W. McLain "This book presents a unique and broad introduction to the necessary background, tools, and methods to design guidance, navigation, and control systems for unmanned air vehicles. Written with confidence and authority by leading researchers in the field, this effectively organized book provides an excellent reference for all those interested in this subject."Emilio Frazzoli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
Who's #1? The Science of Rating and Ranking Amy N. Langville & Carl D. Meyer "Who's #1? is an excellent survey of the fundamental ideas behind mathematical rating systems. Once a realm of sports enthusiasts, ranking things is becoming a vital tool in many informationage applications. Langville and Meyer compare and contrast a variety of models, explaining the mathematical foundations and motivation. Readers of this book will be inspired to further explore this exciting field."Kenneth Massey, Massey Ratings 
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