The most recent SIAM Review arrived in the mail today. This looks like a particularly interesting issue for the articles alone, but since the book reviews are shorter I read them first.
The book reviews this time are particularly amusing. There's a two-volume set on scattering that goes for $1000 --
and I complain about the price of text books at a tenth that cost! There's a review of a book on
which describes such things as binary codings used in various divination systems; graph theoretic properties of social
networks among the Basques; and the calendar system of Bali, which apparently uses overlapping
length 1, 2, ..., 10 days. Then there's a review of a book on nonlinear dynamics which includes a quote from the Roman
poet Lucretius in which the poet
an applied math book that I strongly recommend for
sharing with your students and lovers, patrons and presidents (the book is SYNC: The Emerging Science of
Spontaneous Order by Steven Strogatz). I'd send Mr. Bush a copy, but I think I know other people who would
appreciate it more.
- Currently drinking: water