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The Enjoyment of Math
The Enjoyment of Math
A thoroughly enjoyable sampler of fascinating mathematical problems and their solutions.
(Science )

Each chapter is a gem of mathematical exposition.... [The book] will not only stretch the imagination of the amateur, but it will also give pleasure to the sophisticated mathematician.
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Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy
Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy

Behind every financial crisis lurks a "political bubble"--policy biases that foster market behaviors leading to financial instability. Rather than tilting against risky behavior, political bubbles--arising from a potent combination of beliefs, institutions, and interests--aid, abet, and amplify risk. Demonstrating how political...

Fourier Analysis: An Introduction (Princeton Lectures in Analysis)
Fourier Analysis: An Introduction (Princeton Lectures in Analysis)

This first volume, a three-part introduction to the subject, is intended for students with a beginning knowledge of mathematical analysis who are motivated to discover the ideas that shape Fourier analysis. It begins with the simple conviction that Fourier arrived at in the early nineteenth century when studying problems in the physical...

Distributed Control of Robotic Networks: A Mathematical Approach to Motion Coordination Algorithms (Princeton Series in Applied Mathematics)
Distributed Control of Robotic Networks: A Mathematical Approach to Motion Coordination Algorithms (Princeton Series in Applied Mathematics)
This book covers its subject very thoroughly. The framework the authors have established is very elegant and, if it catches on, this book could be the primary reference for this approach. I don't know of any other book that covers this set of topics.
(Richard M. Murray, California Institute of Technology )

This...

In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation
In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation

What is the shortest possible route for a traveling salesman seeking to visit each city on a list exactly once and return to his city of origin? It sounds simple enough, yet the traveling salesman problem is one of the most intensely studied puzzles in applied mathematics--and it has defied solution to this day. In this book, William Cook...

Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11
Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11

In this pathbreaking book, Amy Zegart provides the first scholarly examination of the intelligence failures that preceded September 11. Until now, those failures have been attributed largely to individual mistakes. But Zegart shows how and why the intelligence system itself left us vulnerable.

Zegart argues that after the Cold War...

Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant
Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant
Among the myriad of constants that appear in mathematics, p, e, and i are the most familiar. Following closely behind is g, or gamma, a constant that arises in many mathematical areas yet maintains a profound sense of mystery.

In a tantalizing blend of history and mathematics, Julian Havil takes the reader on a journey through...

Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery
Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery

The celebrated mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras left no writings. But what if he had and the manuscript was never found? Where would it be located? And what information would it reveal? These questions are the inspiration for the mathematical mystery novel Pythagoras' Revenge. Suspenseful and instructive, Pythagoras'...

Symmetry
Symmetry
STARTING from the somewhat vague notion of symmetry = harmony of proportions, these four lectures gradually develop first the geometric concept of symmetry in its several forms, as bilateral, translatory, rotational, ornamental and crystallographic symmetry, etc., and finally rise to the general idea underlying all these special forms, namely that...
Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems (Princeton Science Library)
Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems (Princeton Science Library)

The scientific study of complex systems has transformed a wide range of disciplines in recent years, enabling researchers in both the natural and social sciences to model and predict phenomena as diverse as earthquakes, global warming, demographic patterns, financial crises, and the failure of materials. In this book, Didier Sornette boldly...

Photonic Crystals: Molding the Flow of Light (Second Edition)
Photonic Crystals: Molding the Flow of Light (Second Edition)
Since it was first published in 1995, Photonic Crystals has remained the definitive text for both undergraduates and researchers on photonic band-gap materials and their use in controlling the propagation of light. This newly expanded and revised edition covers the latest developments in the field, providing the most up-to-date, concise,...
Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science
Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science
From uttering a prayer before boarding a plane, to exploring past lives through hypnosis, has superstition become pervasive in contemporary culture? Robert Park, the best-selling author of Voodoo Science, argues that it has. In Superstition, Park asks why people persist in superstitious convictions long after science has shown...
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