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I just finished reading “A Mathematician’s Apology,” written by the number theorist G. H. Hardy in 1940. I sort of assumed I had already read it when I was younger, but this turns out to be completely false. How do I know that I’ve never read it? Before opening it this time, I thought it […]

Happy new year! As a way of celebrating (?) or making up for procrastinating (more likely), I have finished a long-overdue book review for The Mathematical Intelligencer. The book is called Combinatorics: Ancient & Modern. This book, a collection of 16 chapters by different authors, spans the history of combinatorics from the dawn of civilization to […]

I am slowly making my way through Andrew Hodges’ biography of Alan Turing, which I bought electronically last year (the Turing centennial year). It’s a great book, and is simultaneously teaching me about the history of computing machines, the history of cryptography, and World War 2, as well as about the title character. Here’s a […]