Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions

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Macmillan, 2008 - Science - 269 pages
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An Award-Winning Essayist Plies His Craft

Brian Hayes is one of the most accomplished essayists active today--a claim supported not only by his prolific and continuing high-quality output but also by such honors as the National Magazine Award for his commemorative Y2K essay titled "Clock of Ages," published in the November/December 1999 issue of The Sciences magazine. (The also-rans that year included Tom Wolfe, Verlyn Klinkenborg, and Oliver Sacks.) Hayes's work in this genre has also appeared in such anthologies as The Best American Magazine Writing, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Norton Reader. Here he offers us a selection of his most memorable and accessible pieces--including "Clock of Ages"--embellishing them with an overall, scene-setting preface, reconfigured illustrations, and a refreshingly self-critical "Afterthoughts" section appended to each essay.

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I am an enthusiastic fan of Brian Hayes' "Computing Science" column in the Sigma Xi publication, American Scientist, which is the source of most of the essays in this book. Before that, I read his ... Read full review

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My reading from essay to essay varied from rapt attention to indifferent skimming. Mathematical writing is not a genre I would ever have thought I would jump on, but a few of Hayes' articles ... Read full review


Clock of Ages
Random Resources
Follow the Money
Inventing the Genetic Code
Statistics of Deadly Quarrels
Dividing the Continent
On the Teeth of Wheels
The Easiest Hard Problem
Naming Names
Third Base
Identity Crisis
Group Theory in the Bedroom
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Brian Hayes writes the "Computing Science" column for American Scientist magazine, where he is a former editor in chief. His previous book, Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape, was published in 2005.

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