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 Author Interview: John Roe August 11, 2017
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Open Math Notes: Free as in beer.
Recently, the phrase “free as in beer vs. free as in speech” caught my attention. It was the first I had heard of this way of distinguishing two English meanings of free, and how it particularly applies to what is … Continue reading
Author Interview: Hossein Giv
Hossein Hosseini Giv is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sistan and Baluchestan in Zahedan, Iran. The AMS Bookstore’s description of his book Mathematical Analysis and its Inherent Nature begins, “Mathematical analysis is often referred to as … Continue reading
Open Math Notes: the Road in Between
What process of writing works for you? There are two opposite approaches to writing, which I associate with Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen, and the AMS is now providing a third with the help of its new website Open Math … Continue reading
Culture, Conventions and Publishing in Math
When should mathematics students begin publishing in research journals? The publication resumes of many graduate students in recent years are impressive. It is not unusual for a student to have several refereed journal articles before getting a PhD, and these … Continue reading
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Mathematical signposts
When you think about mathematics, what are your markers? How do you organize in your mind the development of mathematical reasoning and ideas? How do you integrate your historical, social, and personal perspectives? Daytoday, as a teacher or as a … Continue reading
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Math books for children
In this post we ask: what makes a good math book for children? Is it more important that a child be left with knowledge that they can understand and retain, or a new awareness that keeps them thinking and wondering? … Continue reading
Comments on ebooks
There were several responses to my ebooks blog post, so I will share them here. Thanks all! Matilde Marcolli says: August 11, 2016 at 11:56 pm Certainly the current formats of ebooks are not suitable for mathematical content: apart … Continue reading
Personal webpages as publications
Thanks to those of you who commented on my previous post on ebooks. This conversation brings home to me that what will drive substantial math ebook innovation (apart from simply making existing math books readable on electronic devices) will be … Continue reading
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Why Books?
The purpose of this blog is to start a conversation about math books. What makes a math book useful, important, timely, a pleasure to read? How do books influence and shape mathematics? How does/should evolving technology change how we access … Continue reading