Here are a few recently published, non-traditional books on math. Happy reading!
- “The Mathematics of Life”: Ian Stewart explains how mathematicians and biologists are working together on some of the most difficult problems the human race has ever tackled — including the unraveling of the genome, the structure of viruses, the spread of disease, the interaction of environmental factors and the origin of life itself.
- “One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics”: David Berlinski goes back to basics and explains the foundation of arithmetic, right down to the origins of the plus and minus signs. But don’t get the idea that Berlinski is dumbing down the subject: This book touches upon the contributions by David Hilbert, Giuseppe Peano, Bertrand Russell and other brainy people through the ages.
- “Loving + Hating Mathematics: Challenging the Myths of Mathematical Life”: Reuben Hersh and Vera John-Steiner delve into the lifestyles of the not-necessarily-rich but famous mathematicians, in an effort to explain “why the most rational of human endeavors is at the same time one of the most emotional.”
Synposes via msnbc.com