New books for August 31, 2010.
If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read.
The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
by Jennifer Ouellette
Lordy, that’s a subtitle-and-a-half. Throw in “Plan a Heist” and I’d marry that sonuvabitch.
Ouellette, the author of Physics of the Buffyverse and director of the National Academy of Sciences Science and Entertainment Exchange backed into the book via a series of posts on the Cocktail Party Physics blog detailing her own irrational fear of math.
Here’s some more background, some promo at the author’s website, and just for fun: a post by Oulette about the depiction of scientists in popular media.