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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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Mathematics and Its History (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics) book cover
Mathematics and Its History (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics)
John Stillwell - 2010-08-02 (first published in 1997)
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From a review of the second edition:"This book covers many interesting topics not usually covered in a present day undergraduate course, as well as certain basic topics such as the development of the calculus and the solution of polynomial equations. The fact that the topics are introduced in their historical contexts will enable students to better...
Steven Strogatz
2022-06-19T20:44:19.000Z
@74WTungsteno I’ve taught out of this book and it’s terrific      source
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . book cover
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .
Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Thomas Cathcart - 2008-06-24 (first published in 2006)
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This New York Times bestseller is the hilarious philosophy course everyone wishes they'd had in school.Outrageously funny, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors--and born vaudevillians--Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein did their schtick on NPR's Weekend Edition. Lively, original, and powerfully in...
Steven Strogatz
2022-03-15T15:51:07.000Z
@samiur1204 I enjoyed this book. Such a fun premise!      source
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Prisoner's Dilemma
John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb
William Poundstone - 1993-01-01 (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
2021-09-21T00:32:45.000Z
@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 - 1984-12-01
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Steven Strogatz
2021-09-03T20:56:28.000Z
@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 - 2017-04-17 (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
2021-07-07T16:22:39.000Z
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 - 2017-02-28 (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
2021-07-07T16:22:39.000Z
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 - 1979-01-01
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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
2021-07-07T16:22:39.000Z
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 - 1993-06-01 (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
2021-04-28T14:18:19.000Z
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 - 2001-08-09 (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
2021-04-17T14:36:29.000Z
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 - 1999-10-29 (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
2021-04-16T00:30:49.000Z
Wonderful book      source
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Fundamentals
Frank Wilczek - 2021-01-12
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Probability by Albert N. Shiryaev
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Calculus Gallery by William Dunham
Networks by Mark Newman
Probability by Henk Tijms
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Patterns of the Universe by Alex Bellos
Building a Better Teacher by Elizabeth Green
Understanding Probability by Henk Tijms
A Book of Abstract Algebra by Charles C Pinter
Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire
How the Universe Got Its Spots by Janna Levin
Visual Group Theory by Nathan Carter
Calculus Gems by George F. Simmons
Tensor Geometry by C. T. J. Dodson
Journey through Genius by William Dunham
Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge by Richard Rhoad
Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes by George F. Simmons
Berkeley Physics Course by Edward M. Purcell