Category Archives: books

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Alex through the looking glass

A few years ago now, I wrote about the launch of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, a maths book for the general public by Alex Bellos. This year, I have read the follow-up, Alex through the Looking Glass, which I got … Continue reading

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Farewell Terry Pratchett

There is no point in trying to add to what others have said so well. Go look at XKCD, or London Reconnections,

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Lost worlds

I am in St Andrews, and most of my books are in London, so I tend to pick up books I have read before. One of my all-time favourites is Michael Bywater’s Lost Worlds, subtitled What have we lost, and … Continue reading

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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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