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IntMath Newsletter: No cost math books, math in art, Manga Guide review

By Murray Bourne, 15 Aug 2012

15 Aug 2012

In this Newsletter:

1. Resource: free math textbooks
2. Math in Art - Bridges 2012
3. Manga Guide to Linear Algebra review
4. F1gur471v31y 5p34k1ng?
5. Math puzzles
5. Friday math movie
6. Final thought - a 2-letter approach to life

1. Resource: Zero cost math textbooks

Here is a great collection of freely available math books, mostly in PDF form:

Free Textbooks in Mathematics (It appears these have disappeared)

The topics are mostly college-level, but there are some books suitable for high school. The books are about:

  • General Mathematics
  • Number Theory
  • Algebra and Algebraic Geometry
  • Topology
  • Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Probability Theory
  • Applied Mathematics
  • History of Mathematics
  • Writing Mathematics

Near the bottom of that page there are links to "Other Lists" of similar no-cost books.

2. Math in art: The Bridges Organization

The Bridges Organization

The Bridges Organization brings together math and art.

They run a yearly conference which includes a math art exhibition. Here's an overview of the 2012 conference from Mathmunch:

Bridges, Meander Patterns, and Water Sports

3. Manga Guide to Linear Algebra - review

manga guide to linear algebra

This Manga Guide may not be as well-executed as earlier books in the series, but it still makes a good read.

Manga Guide to Linear Algebra - Review

4. F1gur471v31y 5p34k1ng?

Here's a bit of fun I received in my mail recently.

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1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG
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5. Math puzzles

In the last mail I challenged you with 2 puzzles.

(a) The first puzzle involved a question about tennis. Guido answered it correctly!

(b) The second puzzle involved a constrained data model. I posed that challenge because earlier I'd received a mail from a 78 year-old reader who proposed such a model. The following article tells the story and outlines his model.

data curve

Constrained data model - solution(?)

A reader recently sent me an interesting data model that he once used in his work. The model fulfills his constraints, but is not very versatile.

Constrained data model - solution(?)

(c) New puzzle: One thousand dollars is divided between Percy, Quincy and Robby as follows. Percy gets $1, Quincy gets $2, Robby gets $3, then Percy gets $4, Quincy gets $5, and so on. How much does Quincy get? Please answer here.

Please note: I will only publish solutions that show reasoning!

6. Friday math movie: The greatest (math) machine that never was

babbage analytic engine

Charles Babbage designed a mechanical, steam-powered "computer" in the 1830s. Here's the story.

The greatest (math) machine that never was

7. Final thought - a 2-letter approach to life

A confident person doesn't need big words to express their way of going about things:

"If it is to be, it is up to me."

Until next time, enjoy whatever you learn.

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