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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.
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Prisoner's Dilemma
John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb
William Poundstone - Jan 01, 1993 (first published in 1992)
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Should you watch public television without pledging?...Exceed the posted speed limit?...Hop a subway turnstile without paying? These questions illustrate the so-called "prisoner's dilemma", a social puzzle that we all face every day. Though the answers may seem simple, their profound implications make the prisoner's dilemma one of the great unifyin...
Steven Strogatz
Sep 21, 2021
@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
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The Dripping Faucet As A Model Chaotic System
Robert Shaw - Dec 01, 1984
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Steven Strogatz
Sep 03, 2021
@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
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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
Janna Levin - Apr 17, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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The full inside story of the detection of gravitational waves at LIGO, one of the most ambitious feats in scientific history.Travel around the world 100 billion times. A strong gravitational wave will briefly change that distance by less than the thickness of a human hair. We have perhaps less than a few tenths of a second to perform this measureme...
Steven Strogatz
Jul 07, 2021
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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Lab Girl
Hope Jahren - Feb 28, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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National BestsellerWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography A New York Times Notable BookWinner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science BooksFinalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing AwardOne of the Best Books of the Year: The Wa...
Steven Strogatz
Jul 07, 2021
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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Disturbing the Universe
Freeman Dyson - Jan 01, 1979
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Spanning the years from WWII, when he was a civilian statistician in the operations research section of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command, thru his studies with Hans Bethe at Cornell University, his early friendship with Richard Feynman & his postgraduate work with J. Robert Oppenheimer, Freeman Dyson has composed an autobiography unlike any other...
Steven Strogatz
Jul 07, 2021
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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Discrete Thoughts
Essays on Mathematics, Science and Philosophy
Mark Kac - Jun 01, 1993 (first published in 1985)
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as anywhere today, it is becoming more d- ficult to tell the truth. To be sure, our store of accurate facts is more plentiful now than it has ever been, and the minutest details of history are being thoroughly recorded. Scientists, - men and scholars vie with each other in publishing excruciatingly definitive accounts of all that happens on the nat...
Steven Strogatz
Apr 28, 2021
I love that book!      source
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Sparks of Genius
The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People
Robert S. Root-Bernstein - Aug 09, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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Creativity isn't born, it's cultivated—this innovative guide distills the work of extraordinary artists and thinkers to show you how. All the imagination needs to be fruitful is exercise. Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein identify the thinking tools employed by history's greatest creative minds—from Albert Einstein and Jane Goodall to Amadeus Mozar...
Steven Strogatz
Apr 17, 2021
In graduate school, we spend a lot of time helping students develop their technical power and knowledge of their field, but a lot less time on how to be creative. Many would say creativity can’t be taught. I disagree. This book contains some great pointers.      source
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Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers
Asymptotic Methods and Perturbation Theory
Carl M. Bender - Oct 29, 1999 (first published in 1978)
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The triumphant vindication of bold theories-are these not the pride and justification of our life's work? -Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The main purpose of our book is to present and explain mathematical methods for obtaining approximate analytical solutions to differential and difference equations that cannot be solve...
Steven Strogatz
Apr 16, 2021
Wonderful book      source
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Real Analysis
A Long-Form Mathematics Textbook (The Long-Form Math Textbook Series)
Jay Cummings - Jul 15, 2019
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This textbook is designed for students. Rather than the typical definition-theorem-proof-repeat style, this text includes much more commentary, motivation and explanation. The proofs are not terse, and aim for understanding over economy. Furthermore, dozens of proofs are preceded by "scratch work" or a proof sketch to give students a big-picture vi...
Steven Strogatz
Mar 25, 2021
I’m a big fan of the Real Analysis book by @LongFormMath. Jay is wonderful, humane teacher, and a very clear explainer. Also, a lot of fun!      source
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Born a Crime
Stories from a South African Childhood
Trevor Noah - Feb 12, 2019 (first published in 2016)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times - USA Today - San Francisco Chronicle - NPR - Esquire - Newsday - BooklistT...
Steven Strogatz
Mar 21, 2021
On a long car ride, my wife and I just listened to BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah. What a fantastic book! We loved it. Makes me appreciate Trevor even more, and we learned so much about South Africa. The book is tender and funny, and Trevor‘s performance makes the audiobook a must      source
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The Calculus Gallery
Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue (Princeton Science Library)
William Dunham - Nov 13, 2018 (first published in 2004)
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More than three centuries after its creation, calculus remains a dazzling intellectual achievement and the gateway to higher mathematics. This book charts its growth and development by sampling from the work of some of its foremost practitioners, beginning with Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the late seventeenth century and continuin...
Steven Strogatz
Feb 08, 2021
For people who want to see some actual math in their pop math books, all the books by William Dunham are superb. I especially recommend “Journey through genius” and “The calculus gallery”. “Prime obsession” by John Derbyshire is also excellent.      source
Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire
Journey through Genius by William Dunham
Fundamentals by Frank Wilczek
Networks by Mark Newman
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Berkeley Physics Course by Edward M. Purcell
Tensor Geometry by C. T. J. Dodson
Probability by Henk Tijms
Understanding Probability by Henk Tijms
Probability by Albert N. Shiryaev
Calculus Gems by George F. Simmons
Until the End of Time by Brian Greene
Building a Better Teacher by Elizabeth Green
How the Universe Got Its Spots by Janna Levin
A Book of Abstract Algebra by Charles C Pinter
Visual Group Theory by Nathan Carter
Patterns of the Universe by Alex Bellos
Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge by Richard Rhoad
Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes by George F. Simmons