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Sports Math: An Introductory Course in the Mathematics of Sports Science and Sports Analytics


Roland B. Minton
October 18, 2016

Can you really keep your eye on the ball? How is massive data collection changing sports? Sports science courses are growing in popularity. The author’s course at Roanoke College is a mix of physics, physiology, mathematics, and statistics. Many students of both genders find it exciting to think ...

Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truths of Mathematics, Second Edition

John Stillwell
May 16, 2018

Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truth of Mathematics, Second Edition explores the history of mathematics from the perspective of the creative tension between common sense and the "impossible" as the author follows the discovery or invention of new concepts that have marked mathematical...

Song of Two Worlds

Alan Lightman
April 16, 2018

In Alan Lightman's new book, a verse narrative, we meet a man who has lost his faith in all things following a mysterious personal tragedy. After decades of living "hung like a dried fly," emptied and haunted by his past, the narrator awakens one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey...

Bright Boys: The Making of Information Technology

Tom Green
April 16, 2018

Everything has a beginning. None was more profound—and quite as unexpected—than Information Technology. Here for the first time is the untold story of how our new age came to be and the bright boys who made it happen. What began on the bare floor of an old laundry building eventually grew to...

Mathematical Wizardry for a Gardner

Ed Pegg Jr, Alan Schoen, Tom Rodgers
April 16, 2018

In this volume, world-leading puzzle designers, puzzle collectors, mathematicians, and magicians continue the tradition of honoring Martin Gardner, who inspired them to enter mathematics, to enter magic, to bring magic into their mathematics, or to bring mathematics into their magic. This edited...

Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes: Tactile Mathematics, Art and Craft for all to Explore, Second Edition

Daina Taimina
March 29, 2018

Winner, Euler Book Prize, awarded by the Mathematical Association of America. With over 200 full color photographs, this non-traditional, tactile introduction to non-Euclidean geometries also covers early development of geometry and connections between geometry, art, nature, and sciences. For the...

Mathematics of Keno and Lotteries

Mark Bollman
March 27, 2018

Mathematics of Keno and Lotteries is an elementary treatment of the mathematics, primarily probability and simple combinatorics, involved in lotteries and keno. Keno has a long history as a high-advantage, high-payoff casino game, and state lottery games such as Powerball are mathematically similar...

The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing, Third Edition

Martin Davis
February 27, 2018

The breathtakingly rapid pace of change in computing makes it easy to overlook the pioneers who began it all. Written by Martin Davis, respected logician and researcher in the theory of computation, The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing explores the fascinating lives, ideas, and...

Twists, Tilings, and Tessellations: Mathematical Methods for Geometric Origami

Robert J. Lang
February 22, 2018

Twists, Tilings, and Tessellation describes the underlying principles and mathematics of the broad and exciting field of abstract and mathematical origami, most notably the field of origami tessellations. It contains folding instructions, underlying principles, mathematical concepts, and many...

Homage to a Pied Puzzler

Alan Schoen, Tom Rodgers, Ed Pegg Jr
October 26, 2017

The tradition of honoring Martin Gardner continues with this edited collection of articles by those who have been inspired by Gardner to enter mathematics, to enter magic, to bring magic into their mathematics, or to bring mathematics into their magic. Contributing authors include world-leading...

Understanding Public Opinion Polls

Jelke Bethlehem
September 06, 2017

Polls are conducted every day all around the world for almost everything (especially during elections). But not every poll is a good one. A lot depends on the type of questions asked, how they are asked and whether the sample used is truly representative. And these are not the only aspects of a...

Why Are We Conscious?: A Scientist’s Take on Consciousness and Extrasensory Perception

David E.H. Jones
July 11, 2017

There are two huge gaps in scientific theory. One, the contradiction between classical and quantum mechanics, is discussed in many publications. The other, the total failure to explain why anything made of atoms (such as ourselves) can be conscious, has little acknowledgement. The main thesis of...

Ancient Loons: Stories Pingree Told Me

Philip J Davis
June 16, 2017

"Ah, I’m Pingree. We meet again. Splendid. Won’t you sit down?"I looked around David’s room. Short of the library stacks, I had never seen so many books piled into a single room. Where could I sit down? Every square inch of horizontal surface was covered. Books, papers, notes, manuscripts—all...