My new book,

*Maths in Minutes*, is formally published on 1 March. It's a great format due to Quercus: 200 short articles on areas of mathematics, intended to introduce the non-mathematician to the subject. Even with 200 sets of 200 words it is impossible to cover the whole of mathematics, so I have concentrated on core mathematics rather than applications.

It looks good, and some of the entries are (I hope) very good, though there are inevitably some weaker areas! I am particularly proud of the introduction of the ideas of proof, and how Holmes' deductive method fits into this (the role of the contrapositive). On the other hand, the short topic-led format makes it harder to bring out the deep inter-connectedness of mathematics. You win some, you lose some.

You can buy it at all good bookstores, but I get no royalties (boo hoo).

Why don't you get any royalties?

ReplyDeleteI don't want to get all Jarndyce versus Jarndyce, but it's the nature of the contract (journeyman writer at this level... but could lead to more).

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