Robert J. Zimmer and Dave Witte Morris. Ergodic theory, groups, and geometry: NSF-CBMS regional research conferences in the mathematical sciences, June 22-26, 1998, University of Minnesota. Regional conference series in mathematics ; no. 109. Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society, 2008. Mathematics Library QA1 .R33 no.109

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The editing obviously took a while. However, given the gap between entries on this blog, it would be unwise to throw stones.

]]>You'll have to check the continuing online column to find out why "Euler" is in the Euler Identity.

How Euler Did It by C. Edward Sandifer. The MAA tercentenary Euler celebration v. 3. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America, 2007. Mathematics Library QA29.E8 S264 Link to MNCAT record

Applied Asymptotics: Case Studies in Small-Sample Statistics, by A. R. Brazzale, A.C. Davison, and N. Reid. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Mathematics Library QA277 .B73 Link to MNCAT record

That's the theme of great kids' book:

"On Monday in math class, Mrs. Fibonacci says, 'You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem.'

On Tuesday I start having problems. . . .

I take the milk out for my cereal and wonder:

1. How many quarts in a gallon?

2. How many pints in a quart?

3. How many inches in a foot?

4. How many feet in a yard?

5. How many yards in a neighborhood? How many inches in a pint? How many feet in my shoes?

I don't even bother to take out the cereal. I don't want to know how many flakes in a bowl.

Mrs. Fibonacci has obviously put a MATH CURSE on me. Everything I look at or think about has become a math problem."

Not to worry, there's a happy ending.

Math Everywhere: Deterministic and Stochastic Modelling in Biomedicine, Economics And Industry; dedicated to the 60th birthday of Vincenzo Capasso. Berlin; New York: Springer, 2007. Mathematics Library QA36 .M28

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Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. New York, N.Y.: Viking, 1995. Andersen Library Children’s Lit PZ7.S41267 Mat 1995 Non-Circulating Link to MNCAT record

Stochastic Tools in Mathematics and Science, by Alexandre J. Chorin and Ole H. Hald. Surveys and tutorials in the applied mathematical sciences vol 1. New York: Springer Science + Business Media, 2006. Mathematics Library QA274 .C5 2006 Link to MnCat Record

Based on a first-year graduate course at UC-Berkeley.

Introduction to Stochastic Integration, by Hui-Hsiung Kuo. Universitext. New York, NY: Springer Science+Business Media, 2006. Mathematics Library QA274.22 .K86 2006 Link to MnCat Record

Based on a course at Cheng Kung University, later given and revised at Meijo University, University of Rome "Tor Vergata," and Louisiana State University.

Stochastic Analysis and Partial Differential Equations: emphasis year 2004-2005 on stochastic analysis and partial differential equations, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, edited by Gui-Qiang Chen, Elton Hsu, and Mark Pinsky. Contemporary mathematics vol. 429. Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society, 2007. Mathematics Library QA274.2 .S77135 2007 Link to MnCat Record

Obviously based on events at Northwestern. Includes both research and expository papers.

How were the nonmathematicians worked in?

Carlin: "I'm sixty years of age. That's 16 Celsius." (introducing the chapter on the Birthday Paradox)

Heaney: "We want the surprise to be transitive like the impatient thump which unexpectedly restores the picture to the television set, or the electric shock which sets the fibrillating heart back to its proper rhythm." (for the chapter on transitivity: Effron's dice, coin tossing, etc.)

Glenn, when asked what went through his mind while he was crouched in the rocket nose-cone, awaiting blast-off: "I was thinking that the rocket has 20,000 components, and each was made by the lowest bidder." (a perhaps tenuous connection to "Hyperdimensions")

Nonplussed! Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas, by Julian Havil. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007. Mathematics Library QA99 .H38 2007 Link to MnCat Record

Unfortunately full citations for the epigraphs are not provided. Some of the more traditional ones, such as Bacon comparing mathematics to tennis, can be found in

Memorabilia mathematica; or, The philomath’s quotation-book, by Robert Edouard Moritz. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1914. Mathematics Library QA3 .M7 Link to MnCat Record

or

Mathematically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations, selected and arranged by Carl C. Gaither and Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither; illustrated by Andrew Slocombe. Bristol; Philadelphia: Institute of Physics Pub., 1998. Mathematics Library QA99 .M363 1998 Link to MnCat Record

The Nature of Statistical Evidence by W. A. Thompson. Springer, 2007. Mathematics Library QA276.16 .T488 2007 Link to MnCat Record

]]>This is credited on the back cover: "Doors of the Florence Baptistery show an example of a 4 x 7 matrix." Further investigation shows that these must be the gilded bronze North Doors, by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1404-24). Close-ups of the individual reliefs are available: North Doors, Florence Baptistry. The earlier south doors (by Pisano) are similarly structured, but the later east "Doors of Paradise" (also by Ghiberti) are a 2 x 5 matrix.

]]>Hamilton’s Ricci flow, by Bennett Chow, Peng Lu, and Lei Ni. Graduate studies in mathematics v. 77. Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society/Science Press, 2006. Mathematics Library QA670 .C455 2006 Link to MNCAT record

As implied by the series, it is accessible to graduate students. The previous book was aimed at researchers:

The Ricci flow: an introduction, by Bennett Chow and Dan Knopf. Mathematical surveys and monographs v. 110. Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society, 2004. Mathematics Library QA1 .M758x v.110 Link to MNCAT record

In explaining the difference between these "cousins," the authors compare the style of the 2004 book to jazz--"dive right into Ricci flow and then proceed at a metric pace, taking the time to appreciate the intricacies and nuances of the melody and structure of the mathematical music"--whereas the style of the 2006 book is more like rock 'n' roll--"after starting from more basic material, as a connection to Ricci flow, the tempo is slightly more upbeat. The recital is defined on a longer page interval, and consequently more ground is covered, with the intention of leading up to the forefront of mathematical research."

A further book is to appear in May: The Ricci flow: techniques and applications: Part I: Geometric Aspects, by Chow et al. Mathematical Surveys and Monographs v. 135. Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society, 2007.

Given the ten authors credited, perhaps its style will be orchestral.

Worlds Out of Nothing: A Course in the History of Geometry in the 19th Century. Springer undergraduate mathematics series. London: Springer, 2007. Mathematics Library QA443.5 .G73 2007 Link to MNCAT record

]]>Experimental Designs: Exercises and Solutions, by D.G. Kabe and A.K. Gupta. New York: Springer, 2007. Mathematics Library QA279 .K33 2007 Link to MNCAT record

Mathematical Statistics: Exercises and Solutions by Jun Shao. New York; London: Springer, 2005. Mathematics Library QA276 .S4582 2005 Link to MNCAT record

]]>Number Theory: An Introduction via the Distribution of Primes, by Benjamin Fine and Gerhard Rosenberger. Boston: Birkhäuser, 2007. Mathematics Library QA241 .F56 2007 Link to MNCAT record

The Prime Numbers and Their Distribution, by Gérald Tenenbaum, Michel Mendès France; translated by Philip G. Spain. Student mathematical library v. 6. Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society, 2000. Mathematics Library QA246 .T3613 2000 Regular Loan Link to MNCAT record

]]>1. Kirkman's Schoolgirls Problem: "Fifteen young ladies of a school walk out three abreast for seven days in succession: it is required to arrange them daily so that no two shall walk abreast more than once." [T. P. Kirkman, Query VI. Lady's and Gentleman's Diary (1850), 48.] Johnson's 2005 score for three flutes or solo harp, "Kirkman's Ladies," is based on the solution to the follow-on problem (solved by Denniston in 1974): can all 455 triples from a 15-element set be arranged into 13 disjoint Kirkman Triple Systems of order 15, thereby allowing a walk for each of the 13 weeks of a school term, without any three girls walking together twice?

2. The specific *t*-(*v*, *k*, λ) design given in the Handbook's 4.6 Example. In describing his piece "Block Design for Piano," Johnson gives the definition of a 4-(12, 6, 10) design in musical terms: "There are 12 notes, distributed into 6-note arpeggios, in such a way that every combination of four particular notes comes together exactly 10 times in 10 different arpeggios."

See Recent works by Tom Johnson for more information on the compositions. For more information on the combinatorial designs, see pages 13 and 79 of

Handbook of Combinatorial Designs, 2nd ed., edited by Charles J. Colbourn, Jeffrey H. Dinitz. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2007. Mathematics Library Quarto QA166.25 .H36 2007 Link to MNCAT record

]]>Kurt Gödel: Das Album = The Album, by Karl Sigmund et al. Wiesbaden: Vieweg, 2006. Mathematics Library QA29.G58 S54 2006 Link to MNCAT record

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