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enL. A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/LAMath.jpg" width="93" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/27/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><em>L. A. Math</em> is set in the City of Angels, Los Angeles. The name does not simply derive from that fact, however. This relatively light mathematical book is written for a Liberal Arts (L.A.) reader. Over half of the book tells quirky short stories with mathematically oriented lessons, from percentages and averages to statistics and game theory. The latter part of the book includes mathematical lessons, with numerous examples. I appreciated this layout. If you get caught up in the story, then you won’t get bogged down with the math.</p></div></div></div>Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:28:00 +0000fqgouvea719958 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/l-a-math-romance-crime-and-mathematics-in-the-city-of-angels#commentsSage for Undergraduates
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/SageUndergrad.jpg" width="100" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/30/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The advent of <a href="http://www.sagemath.org/">Sage</a> changes things. We now have a <em>free</em> computer system for doing mathematics that can do at least as much as the “big four”: <em>Magma</em>, <em>Maple</em>, <em>Mathematica</em>, and Matlab. Its main problem so far has been a lack of accessible documentation. This book is a successful attempt to remedy that for beginning undergraduates.</p></div></div></div>Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:49:58 +0000fqgouvea618172 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/sage-for-undergraduates#commentsFunctions of a Complex Variable
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/FctnsComplexVar.jpg" width="96" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/24/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The book under review is intended as a text for an advanced undergraduate or early graduate course in the theory of functions of a complex variable.</p></div></div></div>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:13:06 +0000fqgouvea738588 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/functions-of-a-complex-variable#commentsA Seminar on Graph Theory
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/SemGraphThy.jpg" width="93" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/29/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Frank Harary, who edited this collection, was a prolific American mathematician specializing in graph theory. Dover published this book on the decennial of his passing. Harary held a faculty position in the University of Michigan Department of Mathematics from 1948-86 and in 1955 taught UM’s first graph theory and combinatorial theory courses. That department’s <a href="http://www.um2017.org/faculty-history/faculty/frank-harary/obituary">obituary</a> recalls Harary as the “father” of modern graph theory, a discipline he helped found and popularize.</p></div></div></div>Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:57:37 +0000fqgouvea651289 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/a-seminar-on-graph-theory#commentsLie Algebras
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/LieAlgJacpbson.jpg" width="90" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/24/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Back in its day (that being 1962, the year it was first published by Wiley Interscience), this book was regarded as being one of the most accessible introductions to Lie algebras at the early graduate level. Of course, honesty compels me to point out that, back then, the bar was not set particularly high; in fact this book may well have been the <em>only </em>real textbook-level introduction to the subject.</p></div></div></div>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:35:49 +0000newton_admin104956 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/lie-algebras#commentsAn Introduction to Matrices, Sets and Groups for Science Students
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/MatSetsGroups.jpg" width="92" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/28/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This is a concise handbook of all the operations that can be performed with and on matrices, with a little bit of set theory and group theory thrown in. It is old-fashioned in that it does not deal at all with linear spaces, and does not give any applications. It is quite thorough on matrix theory and covers much more than a usual introduction would. The present volume is a Dover 2015 corrected reprint of the 1974 fourth revised printing by Longman Group (first edition in 1965).</p></div></div></div>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 19:16:18 +0000fqgouvea741508 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/an-introduction-to-matrices-sets-and-groups-for-science-students#commentsGeometric Inequalities
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/GeomInequal.jpg" width="94" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/25/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This book would be more descriptively titled “How to Prove Geometric Inequalities”, as its focus is on proof techniques rather than on describing the most important inequalities. It is aimed at high-school students who want to participate in the Chinese and International Mathematical Olympiad (and their teachers), so it is not for everyone.</p></div></div></div>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:48:43 +0000fqgouvea693752 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/geometric-inequalities-0#commentsResearch in History and Philosophy of Mathematics: The CSHPM 2014 Annual Meeting
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/ResearchHistMathZack.jpg" width="95" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/24/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics was founded in 1974 and has met annually since then. Beginning in 1988, proceedings of the annual meeting began to be printed and distributed to members, but this is the first volume of proceedings of the CSHPM to be officially published. It contains articles based on talks given at the 2014 meeting in St. Catherines, Ontario. As is standard for modern publications from Springer and Birkhäuser, it is available both in print and in electronic format; it is also possible to buy individual chapters in electronic form.</p></div></div></div>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 19:28:16 +0000fqgouvea741512 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/research-in-history-and-philosophy-of-mathematics-the-cshpm-2014-annual-meeting#commentsEssential Partial Differential Equations
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/EssentialPDEs_0.jpg" width="93" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/18/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This introduction to partial differential equations is designed for upper level undergraduates in mathematics. The first nine chapters are mostly accessible to students with just first-year calculus. The final four chapters are more specialized and require greater sophistication; they focus on computational finite difference methods.</p></div></div></div>Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:14:15 +0000fqgouvea679171 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/essential-partial-differential-equations#commentsThe Riemann Hypothesis
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<div class="field field-name-field-cover-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="http://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/RiemannHipvanderVeen.jpg" width="93" height="140" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-review-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Review Date: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single">04/22/2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-maa-review field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Riemann Hypothesis is one of the hardest and most famous problems in mathematics. Its original formulation, which comes from the theory of complex functions, asserts that all non-real zeros of the Riemann zeta function have real part equal to one-half. Because of its technical formulation, it is not easy to talk about the Riemann Hypothesis without assuming knowledge of the complex function theory, but we can exploit its connections to other branches of mathematics. One of the most important is the light it sheds on the distribution of prime numbers.</p></div></div></div>Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:58:57 +0000fqgouvea734062 at http://www.maa.orghttp://www.maa.org/press/maa-reviews/the-riemann-hypothesis#comments