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  • Alan Turing: The Enigmaby Andrew Hodges; Douglas Hofstadter

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 16.95

    It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This acclaimed biography of the founder of computer science, with a new preface by the... more...

  • Finding Zeroby Amir D. Aczel

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 12.99

    The story of how we got our numbers--told through one mathematician's journey to find zero more...

  • Scientific Autobiographyby Max Planck

    Philosophical Library/Open Road 2014; US$ 14.99

    In this fascinating autobiography from one of the foremost geniuses of twentieth-century physics, Max Planck tells the story of his life, his aims, and his thinking. Published posthumously, the papers in this volume were written for the general reader and make accessible Planck?s scientific theories as well as his philosophical ideals, including his... more...

  • The Fractalistby Benoit Mandelbrot

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 11.99

    A fascinating memoir from the man who revitalized visual geometry, and whose ideas about fractals have changed how we look at both the natural world and the financial world. Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry, has significantly improved our understanding of, among other things, financial variability and erratic physical phenomena.... more...

  • Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics At All?by Ian Hacking

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 22.00

    Hacking explores how mathematics became possible for the human race, and how it ensured our status as the dominant species. more...

  • The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014by Mircea Pitici

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    This annual anthology brings together the year?s finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else?and you don?t need to be a mathematician to enjoy... more...

  • Causalityby Judea Pearl

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 44.00

    Written by one of the preeminent researchers in the field, this provides a comprehensive exposition of modern analysis of causation. more...

  • A History of Piby Petr Beckmann

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 9.99

    The history of pi, says the author, though a small part of the history of mathematics, is nevertheless a mirror of the history of man. Petr Beckmann holds up this mirror, giving the background of the times when pi made progress -- and also when it did not, because science was being stifled by militarism or religious fanaticism. more...

  • Mathematics without Apologiesby Michael Harris

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    What do pure mathematicians do, and why do they do it? Looking beyond the conventional answers?for the sake of truth, beauty, and practical applications?this book offers an eclectic panorama of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians in the twenty-first century, assembling material from a startlingly diverse assortment of scholarly,... more...

  • History and Philosophy of Modern Mathematicsby William Aspray; Philip Kitcher

    University of Minnesota Press 1988; US$ 50.00

    History and Philosophy of Modern Mathematics was first published in 1988. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.The fourteen essays in this volume build on the pioneering effort of Garrett Birkhoff,... more...