For me 2018 has been an incredible year for reading. I have read a lot of fiction books, but I managed to squiz some math related books as well. All thanks to the LThMath Book Club and all of you that voted and left recommendations there. In this short post I just want to speak about some of the books (fiction and non-fiction) I have read this year and leave some short reviews for them. Enjoy!
First of all I want to mention the books I already wrote some reviews for. I am so proud I managed to write so many book reviews this year, I still have a couple of books I finished in 2018 that I want to write a full review on. Here is the list: “Taming the Infinite” by Ian Stewart | Book Review; Review “The Math Book”; A Mathematician’s Apology and Jan/Feb Book – How to Bake Pi, Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths.
Secondly, I want to speak about the other interesting non-fiction books I have read. They all helped me understand more about our society, its history and evolution. Here are 2 more books I found very inspirational in 2018, including a short review:
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An interesting and inspirational read. Finding out how great people have worked and struggled in their life is very inspirational. Observing and learning from their life is an important aspect in our evolution. This book is doing a great job by shortly describing some important aspects from Tesla’s life and interlinking some important aspects of being a genius: imagination and creativity. Moreover, the start of the book presents some interesting aspects related to psychology (such as IQ), which I have found very interesting.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first time I am reading a book like this. It is presented as a collection of papers, from the world of the International Organisation of Women and Mathematics Education. Just from this I was very interested in what the papers present.
Being just a collection of research papers, it feels dry on some places, but I still found it very interesting. The papers focus on interesting aspects of education in different countries and I found it thought provoking to read about the math Curriculum from different educational systems.
It is a little hard to explain what each research is about without giving everything away, but I am sure you will find something interesting in there. The general topics covered are: Gender and Classroom Practice, Gender and the Curriculum, Gender and Achievement. Another bit I liked about the structure of the book is that you actually don’t need to read every article, you can just jump on the one you are most interested in.
Also, just from the fact that all the articles are from the education field, I have found some interesting aspects I would like to try in the classroom. So, from this point of view, it is a useful read.
Leaving my non-fiction books aside, I wanted to speak about a science-fiction series I read in 2018 that has some mathematics in it and it has become one of my favorite science-fiction series of all time: The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel.
The series consists of 3 books: Book 1: Sleeping Giants; Book 2: Waking Gods and Book 3: Only Human. The story starts with Rose when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. But some can never stop searching for answers. From here the story follows all the people that search for answers, their lives, the society’s reaction. Finally, it end with “What does humanity do with the answer?”.
The book presents some interesting scientific aspects, especially in the “research period” and talk a little about cryptography and ciphers. Also, the main character is a math and physics lover. Here is one quote from the book:
These are just some of the books that made an impact in 2018 for me. I decided to include just the mathematics related ones, so hope you enjoy the list. If you have anything else to add, feel free to let us know in comments’ section.
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