The library is continually receiving new books and other resources to support our users. If you’ve ever thought “I wonder if there are any new books at the library that I might like?” this post is for you. Our New Books Spotlight will be a regular monthly feature, too, so if you want to see a particular subject area highlighted, please let us know!
We’re shining today’s spotlight on mathematics. Here are some of the new books that the library purchased over the summer. They’re linked to the library catalog so that you can check them out, and we’ve provided some of the buzz from reviewers, just in case you need a little help making up your mind.
Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world, by Amir R. Alexander.
“Packed with vivid detail and founded on solid scholarship, this book is both a rich history and a gripping page turner.”–Jennifer Oullette, New York Times Book Review, 8/3/14.
“Infinitesimal is a gripping and thorough history of the ultimate triumph of the mathematical tool … If you are fascinated by numbers, Infinitesimal will inspire you to dig deeper into the implications of the philosophy of mathematics and of knowledge.”–Mike Holderness, New Scientist, 4/19/14.
- An introduction to the geometry of stochastic flows, by Fabrice Baudoin.
The grapes of math : how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life, by Alex Bellos.
“Bellos, who studied math and philosophy at Oxford … proves a charming and eloquent guide to math’s mysteries.”–Jennifer Oullette, New York Times Book Review, 8/3/14.
“An excellent book on what could be called ‘mathematics appreciation.’ Particularly recommended to curious adults and to any student starting out in secondary school mathematics.” –Harold D. Shane, Library Journal, 6/1/14.
- Mathematics for equity : a framework for successful practice.
How not to be wrong: the power of mathematical thinking, by Jordan Ellenberg.
“Ellenberg hooks you from the start with the story of Abraham Wald, asked to analyze bullet-hole data from planes returning from World War II sorties. Part of the sheer intellectual joy of the book is watching the author leap nimbly from topic to topic, comparing slime molds to the Bush-Gore Florida vote, criminology to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”–Manil Suri, Washington Post, 6/15/14.
Editors’ Choice, New York Times Book Review, 8/10/14
- Mathematics of the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) : with audio applications, by Julius O. Smith.
The Improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day, by D.J. Hand.
“[Hand’s] informal style, wide-ranging curiosity and knack for elucidating complicated mathematics make the book an enjoyable–and mostly convincing–read.”–Gabriel Popkin, Science News, 5/17/14
Find anything you’re interested in checking out? We hope so! If you’re looking for even more resources, we suggest E-Book Library (EBL), which has over 400,000 books available to Metro State users. Just enter your StarID and password, and you can search for titles or browse through specific categories. Happy reading!