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Huygens and Barrow, Newton and Hooke

Every now and again I take a random book down from my bookshelf and read it. Sometimes there is stuff worth talking about. This time it is V. Arnol’d’s book Huygens and Barrow, Newton and Hooke. This was written for … Continue reading

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An LTCC book

The Taught Course Centres for PhD students in the Mathematical Sciences were set up as the result of a recommendation of the last-but-one International Review of Mathematics. The review panel said that the highly specialised nature of British PhDs meant … Continue reading

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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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