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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2011 ed. edition (27 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691153159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691153155
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010" "This is a natural choice for . . . math lovers. -- Margaret Dominy, Library Journal

[E]ntertaining and informative. -- Ian D. Gordon, Library Journal


Mathematics instructor Pitici turns out a second volume of unexpectedly fascinating mathematical research, musings, and studies that explore subjects from art to medicine. . . . From a discussion of the utility of mathematics in stone and bronze sculptures to a study of computing and its interaction with the sciences, readers from many disciplines will find much to pique their interest. -- Publishers Weekly



[E]ntertaining and informative. -- Ian D. Gordon, Library Journal


Mathematics instructor Pitici turns out a second volume of unexpectedly fascinating mathematical research, musings, and studies that explore subjects from art to medicine. . . . From a discussion of the utility of mathematics in stone and bronze sculptures to a study of computing and its interaction with the sciences, readers from many disciplines will find much to pique their interest. -- "Publishers Weekly

I invite the reader of this review to read the book; it contains many more interesting aspects of the interplay between mathematics and the real life than the ones I can explain. -- "European Mathematical Society

The volume is a single-shot source to keep in touch with all that is going on in the world of mathematics.--Vaidehi Nathan "Organiser "

This wonderful book is not just a collection of essays; there are also references including a list of notable texts, links to mathematics websites, and biographies of the contributors, which may prove to be as valuable to the reader as the essays themselves. "The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011" cannot be recommended highly enough!--Robert Schaefer "New York Journal of Books "

[E]ntertaining and informative.--Ian D. Gordon "Library Journal "


This wonderful book is not just a collection of essays; there are also references including a list of notable texts, links to mathematics websites, and biographies of the contributors, which may prove to be as valuable to the reader as the essays themselves. "The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011" cannot be recommended highly enough!
--Robert Schaefer "New York Journal of Books "


[E]ntertaining and informative.
--Ian D. Gordon "Library Journal "


The volume is a single-shot source to keep in touch with all that is going on in the world of mathematics.
--Vaidehi Nathan "Organiser "

To my mind, though, there is circumstantial evidence that the contributions in this booklet are pretty close to what the title promises. This volume is the very ticket for any mathematician and--beyond that--for anybody who enjoys a sense of delight in the beauty of writing.--J. Lang "International Mathematical News "

"Mathematics instructor Pitici turns out a second volume of unexpectedly fascinating mathematical research, musings, and studies that explore subjects from art to medicine. . . . From a discussion of the utility of mathematics in stone and bronze sculptures to a study of computing and its interaction with the sciences, readers from many disciplines will find much to pique their interest."--"Publishers Weekly"

"This wonderful book is not just a collection of essays; there are also references including a list of notable texts, links to mathematics websites, and biographies of the contributors, which may prove to be as valuable to the reader as the essays themselves. "The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011" cannot be recommended highly enough!"--Robert Schaefer, "New York Journal of Books"

"[E]ntertaining and informative."--Ian D. Gordon, "Library Journal"

"I invite the reader of this review to read the book; it contains many more interesting aspects of the interplay between mathematics and the real life than the ones I can explain."--"European Mathematical Society"

"The volume is a single-shot source to keep in touch with all that is going on in the world of mathematics."--Vaidehi Nathan, "Organiser"

"To my mind, though, there is circumstantial evidence that the contributions in this booklet are pretty close to what the title promises. This volume is the very ticket for any mathematician and--beyond that--for anybody who enjoys a sense of delight in the beauty of writing."--J. Lang, "International Mathematical News"

About the Author

Mircea Pitici is a PhD candidate in mathematics education at Cornell University. He teaches mathematics courses and writing seminars at Cornell and Ithaca College.


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An excellent read; many of the articles are intelligible to me (not a professional mathematician)
I enjoyed the 2010 edition as well and look forward to the 2012 edition and many more in the future.
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I bought this book after reading the previous of the series named "The Best Writting on Mathematics 2010". Contrary to the 2010's book, "The Best Writting on Mathematics 2011" has a smaller variety. Most of the articles in it are about philosophy and history of mathematics and mathematical education. I am not in position to judge the quality of the aricles, maybe they are of excellent quality. But not being interested in those fields I found them a little borring. The mixture of the articles is not right.

I read "The Best Writting on Mathematics 2010" from cover to cover but only a few selected articles from "The Best Writting on Mathematics 2012". And I certainly will not pre-order "The Best Writting on Mathematics 2012"!
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HASH(0x9dda8258) out of 5 stars WARNING: FORMULAS ARE BROKEN ON KINDLE VERSION 28 Feb. 2012
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I bought the Kindle version and downloaded it to my Kindle (4th generation), and the mathematical formulas are missing parts (eg. subscripts), which basically makes the book useless in this form. Amazon should not be selling this.
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HASH(0x9e6ac714) out of 5 stars A Mathematical Gem for Anyone 20 Feb. 2012
By Winston Stairs - Published on Amazon.com
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Never having been strong in math but always with a keen appreciation for and appetite to understand, I was thrilled to come across this book. It's uniquely different in its layout, approach and selection of mathematical topics encompassing a wide range of subject areas. It possesses just enough depth and detail to stimulate and entertain but not overwhelm. The writing is clear and lucid with a relaxed reading style more enjoyable than in many math related texts I've encountered. I feel the author, Mircea Pitici should be applauded for developing a great idea and performing a service to society by sharing the beauty and elegance of mathematics in such an approachable format.
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HASH(0x9ddc2bdc) out of 5 stars Must read for anyone interested in math 16 Feb. 2012
By Marc Mest - Published on Amazon.com
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This is just a must buy book every year, it is great reading whether you are a math person or just interested in math.

Honestly the description does not do this book justice, but I know they have only so much space.

The 2011 edition is almost the art and philosophy edition. Yes there is the article on Escher, but there are a few other articles addressing art as well ( Lorenz and Ribbon Sculptures ).

There are a few really great articles which are almost Poincare-type philosophical type essays ( really more Kant, but I never liked Kant ). And my personal favorite, mathematical models and the financial crisis.

I think every year they do a great job of selecting essays for this book.
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- formulas in text are missing operators, special symbols are not translated correctly, etc.
- other formulas come out in sort of a fuzzy gray font which makes them hard to read.
- some of the figures come out too small.
- text is full of those annoying dang- ling hy- phens which sug- gest to me that the text was scan- ned but never proof- read.
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