- Claymation! Who doesn't like claymation?
From David Richeson's weblog "Division by Zero", here, and his book: Euler's Gem (strongly recommended).
BTW, Today, March 1, is World Maths Day 2011 Click here, thanks Pat B.
OK, that was freaky, now try some of the links that show up at the end of the YouTube video. Topology is COOL, man!
"Euler's Gem" is about Algebraic Topology, and Richeson's exposition is simply beautiful. He certainly doesn't patronize the reader, since he has actual equations sprinkled throughout the book, nor does he make the John Q. Intelligent Layman Taxpayer (ahem) feel like an idiot either as one might feel when reading Weinberg's or Penrose's excellent books on Math Phys (although to be fair to Steve Weinberg and Sir Roger, those are textbook-grade books), assuming Math Phys is new to you.
There are a fair amount of illustrations as well, 99.9% of them clear except Fig. 17.3 on page 175 that inspired the above video. Other than that, it seems the proper balance between prose, equations, and illustrations.
Well, I didn't mean this to turn into a review of Dave's book so much to alert that there is a real gem on the bookshelves at your local bookstore that goes by the name of "Euler's Gem" and it's well worth the $$$.
Speaking of which, I'm a bit depressed that my local Borders bookstore is closing. Borders has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy papers, and this is sad indeed. Amazon is to blame I reckon more so than the fact that less than half of Americans read as much as one book per year. I think the day of the bookstore is fading away. Ah, well, progress. What can you do, Shrug.
In any event, the Borders in question is having a closeout sale so loaded with my Borders Bucks I was able to purchase the extremely beautiful The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics by Clifford A. Pickover for eight dollars, which along with Dave Richeson's book and The Princeton Companion to Mathematics and the new book by Yau and Nadis should keep me busy for the next year. ;-)
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