FYMSiC Book Reviews

Have you read a wonderful book about mathematics or statistics? Share the book and your review with the FYMSiC community! πŸ™‚

Latest Good Reads

♦ Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More by Matt Parker

Recommended by Asia Matthew (Mathematics Tutor, Quest University)

See Asia’s Review in the March Issue of Crux:

https://cms.math.ca/publications/crux/issue/?volume=48&issue=3

 

♦ The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa

Recommended by Julie Plante (CEGEP Instructor, Vanier College)

A wonderful novel written about Mathematics as much as mathematicians… The novel is very appreciated by non-mathematicians as well as mathematicians. A female house-keeper is introduced to basic number theory by an old professor. The beauty of pure Mathematics is extraordinarily put in words in this writing.

 

♦ Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Francis Su

Recommended by Sean Fitzpatrick (Instructor III, University of Lethbridge)

This is a book about mathematics, and leading a fulfilling human existence, and how the former helps with the latter. Su examines the role of mathematics in our lives through the lens of a series of human virtues, including exploration, play, truth, beauty, struggle, and justice. A unique feature of the book is the inclusion of some of Su’s correspondence with Christopher Jackson, an inmate in a US federal penitentiary, who wants to become a mathematician. The book is a rewarding read for both mathematicians and the math-averse. It is an excellent choice for an assigned reading in any class containing math-anxious students. The end of the book contains a collection of prompts for reading responses, with further prompts and other resources available on Su’s website.