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# Category Archives: books

## 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

## 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

Posted in books, exposition
Tagged Alex Bellos, Game of Life, geometry, Lewis Carroll, numbers
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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, http://xkcd.com/1498/ or London Reconnections, http://www.londonreconnections.com/2015/ankh-morpock-transport-committee-march-2015/

## 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

Posted in books, geography, history, Neill Cameron artwork, the Web
Tagged dinosaurs, pirates
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## Supercrash

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

Posted in books, history, maybe politics
Tagged Alan Greenspan, Ayn Rand, Darryl Cunningham, economic crash
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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

Posted in books
Tagged combinatorics, de Moivre, Laplace, MacMahon, Montmort, probability
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