Steven Strogatz is an applied mathematician who works in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, often on topics inspired by the curiosities of everyday life. He loves finding math in places where you’d least expect it—and then using it to illuminate life’s mysteries, big and small.
40 books on the list
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@EricLinn19 I love Michael Henle's book It's very readable, concrete, and visual. It includes lots of the cool examples and theorems that attract people to topology in the first place! – source
Explore the world of partial differential equations with this practical and informative guide. Designed for advanced students and professionals in the applied sciences, learn how to formulate a partial differential equation and solve it with initial and boundary conditions. With coverage of diffusion-type, hyperbolic-type, and elliptic-type problems, as well as numerical and approximate methods, this text offers a realistic and useful approach to mathematical physics. Each chapter includes relevant problems and suggestions for further reading.
@madprofessah @mathematicsprof @Cornell Students can learn the basics very efficiently from Farlow (great pedagogy, plus it's an inexpensive Dover book) – source
The Great Debate That Launched A Revolution In Physics
Boltzmann's Atom is a captivating historical account of Ludwig Boltzmann, a forgotten genius who battled for forty years for acceptance of the atomic theory of matter and a new way of doing physics. The book provides a window on the civilized world that gave birth to our scientific era, and Ludwig Boltzmann emerges as an endearingly quixotic character who muddled through practical matters of life in a European gilded age. David Lindley's elegant telling of this tale combines the detailed breadth of the best history, the beauty of theoretical physics, and the psychological insight belonging to the finest of novels.
@curiouswavefn I’m not aware of any such book. But I did enjoy “Boltzmann’s Atom” which discusses one biographical slice of the story. – source
The Historical Development Of The Calculus
Explore the fascinating history and evolution of calculus, one of the most fundamental languages of Western science. This accessible and informative book delves into the genesis of calculus and the persistent labors of successive generations that finally resolved some of the most profound mathematical problems. Perfect for anyone who appreciates the value of historical perspective in learning and teaching mathematics, including students, instructors, and enthusiasts.
@MathPrinceps @QuantaMagazine Yes! I learned a lot from that book, and enjoyed its treatment of Wallis in particular. – source
Explore the fascinating history of mathematics through this collection of historical essays, covering topics not typically included in undergraduate courses, such as the development of calculus and polynomial equations. Presented in their historical context, readers will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematical concepts. This new edition features additional chapters on simple groups and sections on alternating groups and the Poincare conjecture, with more exercises and helpful commentary. Perfect for anyone interested in the history of mathematics.
@74WTungsteno I’ve taught out of this book and it’s terrific – source
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .
Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Get ready to laugh and learn with this hilarious New York Times bestseller that's like a philosophy course you wish you had in school. From Existentialism to Logic, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar... takes you through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions with lively wit and originality. Written by born vaudevillians Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, this not-so-reverent crash course will make even the heaviest philosophical concepts easy to understand. Don't miss out on this informative and entertaining read!
@samiur1204 I enjoyed this book. Such a fun premise! – source
John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb
Explore the "prisoner's dilemma" with this fascinating read that delves into the social puzzle we all face daily. Learn how game theory was born from poker and how it became key to military strategy during the Cold War. Discover the profound implications of this mathematical study of conflict and deception on public policy today. This masterful work of science writing weaves together biography, history, and investigative journalism to deliver an incisive story of a revolutionary idea that has been hailed as a landmark of twentieth-century thought.
@Singularitarian I’m not aware of any book devoted to exclusively to the biography of von Neumann, but this book does some of that along with sketching the history of game theory in connection with the Cold War: – source
The Dripping Faucet As A Model Chaotic System
@RoqGray Here’s a book that did pioneering work on the topic. You could also pick any other real-world dynamical system (a chaotic circuit, a metronome, whatever) and do parameter estimation on it – source
Geometry of Grief
Reflections on Mathematics, Loss, and Life
Discover how mathematics can provide hope and understanding in times of grief in this profound and poetic book. Mathematician Michael Frame draws from his career in fractal geometry, illuminating how the loss of loved ones and the loss of understanding share similarities. By manipulating the geometry of grief, we may be able to redirect our thinking and reduce our pain. With original illustrations and clear introductions to advanced topics in geometry, Geometry of Grief is both human and elegant, helping readers to see how a geometry of grief can guide us towards bold action.
Professor Michael Frame was one of the most beloved teachers at Yale and Union College. Now nearing the end of his life, he has written a poignant and beautiful book called “Geometry of Grief“. Treat yourself to the wisdom of this sweet gentle soul. – source
Explore the wonders of plant life with geobiologist Hope Jahren in her riveting autobiography. In Lab Girl, Jahren shares her childhood memories, passion for science and foliage, and the inspiring role of her eccentric lab manager, Bill. An invitation to join her in observing and conserving our environment, this warm and captivating read is a celebration of scientific curiosity and the power of love and work. Winner of multiple awards and acclaimed by The Washington Post, TIME.com, and NPR, Lab Girl is a must-read for science enthusiasts and anyone who wishes to explore the wonder of our natural world.
Off the top of my head, here are three of my favorites (not so new, though): Black hole blues, by @jannalevin. Lab girl, Hope Jahren. Disturbing the universe, by Freeman Dyson. – source
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