Publisher: O'Reilly, 2010

Pages: 536

ISBN:978-0596802356

Aimed at: Beginning dataists

Rating: 1

Pros: Some idosyncratic topics

Cons: Misleading and dangerous

Reviewed by: Mike James

The title suggests this could be a useful book - but do the contents live up to it? ]]>

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 280

ISBN: 978-0691151199

Aimed at: Adventurous mathematicians

Rating: 4.5

Pros: Fascinating excursion into advanced topics

Cons: Too fast and too tough in places

Reviewed by: Mike James

This is a real math book - can you cope?

]]>Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pages: 250

ISBN: 978-1937785338

Audience: Geeks

Rating: 4.8

Reviewer: Mike James

Math - it's essential and it isn't the same thing as arithmetic or even algebra. Can it be explained without leaning too heavily on either?

]]>Pages: 368

ISBN: 978-0596808334

Aimed at: Those with an aversion to maths

Rating: 4

Pros: Uses an approach that works

Cons: Doesn't go very far

Reviewed by: Mike James

2D geometry is basic to any attempt at programming graphics. Does this book succeed in introducing the ideas without frightening the non-mathematical reader?

]]>Pages: 288

ISBN: 978-1584885733

Aimed at: Statisticians interested in time series

Rating: 4

Pros: Practical approach

Cons: Assumes prior knowledge, R tucked away in appendix

Reviewed by: Mike James

The subtitle of this book "An Introduction Using R" suggests that it might be suitable for anyone considering a practical project. Is this correct?

]]>Publisher: O'Reilly, 2010

Pages: 832

ISBN: 978-0596520991

Aimed at: Users of Mathematica for science, engineering, finance

Rating: 3.5

Pros: Useful source of Mathematica examples

Cons: Let down by poor or missing explanation

Reviewed by: Mike James

Mathematica is a wonderful tool - can this book help you get more from it? ]]>

Pages: 944

ISBN:978-1848211964

Aimed at: Playful programmers

Rating: 4

Pros: A real world approach, makes combinatorics fun

Cons: If you want a pure math approach you may disapprove

Reviewed by: Mike James

With its coverage confined to matters combinatoric and the related probability theory, does this book's novel approach work?

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Publisher: Oxford University Press USA

Pages: 366

ISBN: 978-0199756568

Aimed at: Puzzle fans and math enthusiasts

Rating: 4.5

Pros: Deep, interesting insights into math and combinatorics

Cons: Not for those who just want help in solving Sudokus

Reviewed by: Mike James

What can a book about taking Sudoku seriously tell you about this most popular pastime?

]]>Pages: 416

ISBN: 978-0199593507

Aimed at: Technically minded general readers

Rating: 4.5

Pros: Enjoyable and thought-provoking read

Cons: Sometime long-winded, could benefit from a good edit

Reviewed by: Mike James

With the subtitle "How the quest to understand quantum field theory led to extraordinary science, high politics, and the world's most expensive experiment" this sounds like excellent light reading.

]]>Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-0691143422

Audience: Mathematicians, scientists, and engineers

Rating: 3.5

Reviewer: Mike James

The irrationals are the most confusing and fascinating type of number, so a book that might make things seem easier is worth considering.

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