“The Joy of x ” Book Group Announced

The Department of Math and Computer Sciences in collaboration with the Anderson Lecture Series and the Doris G. Gordon Lecture Series is bringing award winning author and mathematician, Dr. Steven Strogatz to campus on February 7-8, 2013.  To prepare for Dr. Strogatz’s visit, the department is forming a reading group to read and discuss his newest publication “The Joy of x – A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity”.

In his book, Steven hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imagined.

Did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more.

Each trenchant chapter of The Joy of x offers an “aha!” moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in π, the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the rigors and surprising charms of calculus. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren’t sure what an integer is, you’ll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x.

Join us and see why Strogatz has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for the New York Times.  Benefiting from the reading group presumes only curiosity and common sense.

Ideally, the group will meet three times prior to Strogatz’ visit in early February.  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Dee Ghiloni at ghiloni@denison.edu, so she can make arrangements for you to receive a copy of the book and to arrange our first meeting time.

Dee Ghiloni