Math Reading List
I’m hungry for some good books about math.
A reader last week pointed me toward John Allen Paulos, a prolific math professor at Temple University. I’ve already placed an order for Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences, and Beyond Numeracy, which according to Publishers Weekly is “organized in dictionary format from ‘algebra’ to ‘zeno’ and demonstrates math’s relevancy to everyday life.”
The other Paulos title on my must read list: A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper about how numbers and statistics are often misused in newspapers (I’m shocked!)
I’m also interested in books about the changing economy and why we need more math (or not).
Thomas L. Friedman clearly comes to mind with The World is Flat and The Lexus and The Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization.
Someone recently recommended Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind, which argues that “The era of 'left brain' dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which 'right brain' qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate."
This is the tip of the iceberg... Send ideas!!
Posted by: bartik | October 14, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse
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