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Pirates of Pangaea

Neill’s new book came out a little while ago, and this morning I saw that he had finally got round to announcing it on his blog, and asking people to spread the news by word of mouth, since the publishers … Continue reading

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Last year, I commented on Darryl Cunningham‘s book Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams, where he uses comic book format to tackle some big abuses of science: the MMR scam, fracking, climate change denial, and so on. This year, I … Continue reading

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Combinatorial Chance, 1

Combinatorial Chance is the title of a book by F. N. David and D. E. Barton. The title is glossed “Probability distributions of statistics of random patterns and arrangements … with applications ranging from Gambling to Non-parametric Tests”. The book … Continue reading

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Mathematical metaphor

Last week, the book Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont emerged from its hiding place under the sofa. So I browsed a couple of chapters. In the book, the authors take various sociologists, literary theorists, psychoanalysts, and others, … Continue reading

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Algebra comes home?

My book Introduction to Algebra has been translated into two languages from the birthplace of algebra. If it encourages a reawakening of algebra there, I shall be honoured and pleased. The first algebra book (treating solving of equations by an … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russell’s summing up

Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy is one of my favourite books. It’s a great overview of two and a half millennia of philosophy, and he is unafraid to criticise when he feels it necessary. But I had forgotten how … Continue reading

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Christmas books

Two books, worth mentioning here, came courtesy of Santa. Darryl Cunningham’s Science Tales, subtitled Lies, Hoaxes, and Scams, is the comic book take on a theme that has been tackled by writers such as Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre. In … Continue reading

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