New Books in Maths: March 2017

Today I decided to do another instalment of my series ‘New Books in Math’, where I talk about books which have been recently released or will be released soon.

Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier – Ali Almossawi

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Release Date: April 2017

Ali Almossawi, the author of the popular book Bad Arguments, has returned with a funny and smart introduction to algorithms.

This book aims to answer questions such as “why is Facebook so good at predicting music?” and “how do you discover new music?

To demystify a topic of ever increasing importance to our lives, Almossawi presents us with alternative methods for tackling twelve different scenarios, guiding us to better and more efficient choices “that borrow from same systems that underline a computer word processor, a Google search engine, or a Facebook ad”.

“Bad Choices will open the world of algorithms to all readers making this a perennial go-to for fans of quirky, accessible science books.”

Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World – Brian Clegg

Release Date: March 2017

28220651.jpgWhat was life like before numbers existed? Numbers began as simple representations of everyday things, but mathematics rapidly took a life of its own and grew into what it is today.

In Are Numbers Real?, Brian Clegg explores the way that maths has become more and more detached from reality, but yet remains the driving force of the development of modern physics.

“From devising a new counting system based on goats, through the weird and wonderful mathematics of imaginary numbers and infinity to the debate over whether mathematics has too much influence on the direction of science, this fascinating and accessible book opens the reader’s eyes to the hidden reality of the strange yet familiar world of numbers.”

The Mathematics Lover’s Companion: Masterpieces for Everyone – Edward R. Scheinerman

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Release Date: March 2017

How can a shape have more than one dimension but fewer than two? What is the best way to elect public officials when more than two candidates are vying for the office? Is it possible for a highly accurate medical test to give mostly incorrect results? Can you tile your floor with regular pentagons? How can you use only the first digit of sales numbers to determine if your accountant is lying? Can mathematics give insights into free will?

Edward Scheinerman answers these questions and more in The Mathematics Lover’s Companion, in bite-size chapters that require only secondary school mathematics. He invites readers to get involved in solving mathematical puzzles, and provides an engaging tour of numbers, shapes and uncertainty.

The result is an unforgettable introduction to the fundamentals and pleasures of thinking mathematically.

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