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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
by Simon Singh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.91

4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, 10 July 2014
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The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
Until I read this book I was unaware of the sprinkling of mathematics in the Simpsons.
The book discusses the mathematicians on the writing teams of the Simpsons and Futurama. I must say that I was surprised to learn that most of the writers on these programmes are graduates or postgraduates of mathematics or physics.
It is an excellent book for a layman as all the mathematics is explained in detailed.
My reservation is that the book is a series of detached mathematical stories whose only common theme is that these stories appeared in the Simpsons or Futurama. Also these mathematical stories are so common that if you have read any mathematical popular book you would have come across them. So nothing new here.
However I do think any serious mathematics student should purchase this book as it provides good motivation to study mathematics at undergraduate level.


Merchants of Culture
Merchants of Culture
by John B. Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 29 May 2014
This review is from: Merchants of Culture (Paperback)
Any author, agent, editor, publishing company CEO should purchase this book. I was not aware of all the details involved in publishing a book. This book is an excellent guidance to exactly how fiction and non-fiction books are produced and it has a nice although rather brief history of publishing.


Introduction to Real Analysis
Introduction to Real Analysis
by Robert G. Bartle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 199.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Rigorous but not accessible, 9 May 2014
This is a very thorough rigorous book on real analysis and would suit a strong undergraduate mathematics student. However it lacks concrete examples at the expense of abstract generalities so students who struggle with pure mathematics will find this book hard work.


Book of Proof
Book of Proof
by Richard Heath Hammack
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 4 May 2014
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For any student who wants to read mathematics at undergraduate level should purchase this book. It is an introduction to mathematical proof and at its present price of approximately 8 is a good buy. I think you can download it free from the authors’ personal webpage.
It has a large number of exercises to reinforce your understanding and some good illustrations.
I do not know who published this book but it lacks a polished output and gives the impression that it has been printed on a local printer and bounded together; maybe this is why it can be sold at such a cheap price. Additionally it only gives solutions to odd numbered questions which can be off putting to a student who wants to use this book for self-learning.


The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books
The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books
by John Carey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 4 May 2014
A very clear and well written book which mixes autobiography and literature which has influenced him over the years. Interesting reading of academic life in Oxford, his personal family life and his work as the Sunday Times reviewer for over 40 years.


Foundation Mathematics for the Physical Sciences
Foundation Mathematics for the Physical Sciences
by K. F. Riley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 38.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, 19 Feb 2014
This is a book I would recommend for any undergraduate who wants to study mathematics, physical sciences or engineering. Each topic is very well and thoroughly explained.
My single reservation is that it only provides odd numbered solutions. I think students who are not confident would prefer to have all the solutions so that they can check their work.


Maths: A Student's Survival Guide: A Self-Help Workbook for Science and Engineering Students
Maths: A Student's Survival Guide: A Self-Help Workbook for Science and Engineering Students
by Jenny Olive
Edition: Paperback
Price: 26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 19 Feb 2014
This is a book I would recommend to any student who wants to study mathematics, engineering or the physical sciences. The author makes everything so tangible and easy to understand. There are lots of figs in this book which is what is needed for a mathematics book of this kind.


How to Study for a Mathematics Degree
How to Study for a Mathematics Degree
by Lara Alcock
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.92

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to study for a Mathematics Degree by Lara Alcock, 2 April 2013
This is a book that every potential undergraduate student of mathematics should purchase. It has a very thorough description of what is involved with being an undergraduate in mathematics at university.
Alcock has succeeded in writing a relevant, interesting and beneficial account of what it is like to be a maths undergraduate. She highlights the differences between pure and applicable mathematics and what skills are needed to flourish in these. However the emphasis is on pure mathematics throughout the book.
Additionally the author does not shy away from doing some serious mathematics even though the book is written for the layman. The technical mathematics is described in simple terms that all sixth formers will understand.
The book is very well organised and has good quality writing style - well expressed, clarity, coherence etc. It is split into two - mathematics and study skills.
My only reservation is the lack of illustrations. Including these would have more of an impact but it is not a serious omission.
I would recommend this book to any student or teacher of mathematics.
Kuldeep Singh


The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities
The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities
by William Dunham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Mathematical Universe by William Dunham, 1 Feb 2012
1st February 2012

This is a popular mathematics book for the layman. The author has succeeded in writing interesting articles in mathematics which are laid out alphabetically. Dunham discusses the problems and personalities in the history of mathematics. If you want a student hooked into mathematics then this the book they should read.
The technical mathematics in the book are excellently described in simple terms that the average layman can understand. Dunham really does bring mathematics to live in this book.
Initially I was reluctant to purchase a book which is mapped out in alphabetic order. However Dunham managed to make the progression from one chapter to the next seamless. Chapter 1 is on arithmetic and the last chapter called Z is on complex numbers.
The book is very well organised and has good quality writing style - well expressed, clarity, coherence etc. Dunham has struck the right balance between writing thoroughly and for the amateur or non-professional. Illustrations are sprinkled throughout the book and the author has used these with dramatic effect.
I would recommend this book to any student or teacher of mathematic as well as for non mathematicians.
Kuldeep Singh


The Story of Mathematics
The Story of Mathematics
by Anne Rooney
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good portable book, 27 Dec 2011
The Story of Mathematics by Anne Rooney
This book is full of interesting facts on the history of mathematics such as where our symbols + , - , = and originated from. There are also details of mathematics of the 20th Century such as fractals and fuzzy logic. In places the book is fascinating reading such as `Pascal's Triangle is called Khayyam's Triangle in Iran.' A student doing mathematics would find this book intriguing and learn some entertaining facts about the history of the subject.
The author has made good use of colour in diagrams but the diagrams are not referenced. There is also no caption for tables.
The layout of some details is rather peculiar. For example page 27 of the book claims that minus sign was first used by Johannes Widmann but does not mention who Widmann is until page 130.
In general the book is full of interesting facts but does lack detail in places. I think it would have been a better book with fewer facts but more details and mathematics about some of these facts.
I personally do not like the text layout in two columns per page. It just doesn't flow as well as a traditional one column per page book. Additionally it is confusing in places with various diagrams and boxed information on the same page. However I can see the advantage of being a portable book of 208 pages, something that you can fit into your pocket.
Font size of the comprehensive index is rather small with three columns to the page.
Even with these reservations I would recommend this book to any student or layman who is interested in the history of mathematics.
Kuldeep Singh


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