If Only We Could Read Faster

New books for August 31, 2010.
If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read.

Freedom
by Jonathan Franzen
You may have heard about this one.

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.

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