New Books in Mathematics: January 2017

Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics


Release Date: 14/03/2017

In this book, musician, chef and mathematician Eugenia Cheng reveals the astonishing inner workings of infinity.

Whilst pondering why some numbers are uncountable or why infinity plus 1 is not the same as 1 plus infinity, Cheng takes the reader on a journey from “math at its most elemental to its loftiest abstractions”.

Using inventive, intuitive metaphors and head-scratching puzzles, Cheng draws beginners and enthusiasts into the heart of this mysterious, powerful concept to reveal fundamental truths about mathematics from the infinitely large down to the infinitely small.

“Beyond Infinity is witty, charming, and crystal clear. Eugenia Cheng’s enthusiasm and carefully chosen metaphors and analogies carry us effortlessly through the mathematical landscape of the infinite. A brilliant book!” ―Ian Stewart, author of Calculating the Cosmos

The Mathematics of Secrets: Cryptography from Caesar Ciphers to Digital Encryption


Release Date: 07/02/2017

As a lover of cryptography, I am always keen on finding new books on this topic. The Mathematics of Secrets is unique in the way it is structured; instead of organising the events historically, Holden shows how mathematics underpins the ways that different codes and ciphers operate. However, only high school algebra is needed to understand and enjoy this book.

With many historical anecdotes and real world examples, from one of the simplest and historically well-known ciphers – the Caesar cipher – to modern day public-key ciphers, The Mathematics of Secrets uncovers the mathematics in the science of coded messages.

A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market

51fbd619ksl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Release Date: 24/01/2017

This book is based on the true story of Edward O. Thorp, a card-counting mathematics professor, who taught the world how to beat the dealer, and ushered in the era of quantitate finance we live in today.

Thorp tells the story of “what he did, how he did it, his passions and motivations, and the curiosity that has always driven him to disregard conventional wisdom and devise game-changing solutions to seemingly insoluble problems.”  A Man for All Markets is a great book for anybody interested in the more applied side of mathematics, and challenges readers to think logically about a seemingly irrational world.

“An amazing book by a true icon . . . Edward O. Thorp launched revolutions in Vegas and on Wall Street by turning math into magic, and here he weaves his own life lessons into a page-turner as hot as a deck full of aces. Loved it!”

Ben Mezrich, New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires

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