Publisher: O'Reilly, 2010

Pages: 536

ISBN:978-0596802356

Aimed at: Beginning dataists

Rating: 1

Pros: Some idosyncratic topics

Cons: Misleading and dangerous

Reviewed by: Mike James

The title suggests this could be a useful book - but do the contents live up to it? ]]>

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 280

ISBN: 978-0691151199

Aimed at: Adventurous mathematicians

Rating: 4.5

Pros: Fascinating excursion into advanced topics

Cons: Too fast and too tough in places

Reviewed by: Mike James

This is a real math book - can you cope?

]]>Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Pages: 320

ISBN: 9780321942043

Print: 0321942043

Kindle: B00PKH9XAG

Audience: Programmers interested in generic programming

Rating: 2

Reviewer: Mike James

Despite what you might think mathematics and generic programming are not closely related. Why then a book with a title that connects them?

]]>Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pages: 250

ISBN: 978-1937785338

Audience: Geeks

Rating: 4.8

Reviewer: Mike James

Math - it's essential and it isn't the same thing as arithmetic or even algebra. Can it be explained without leaning too heavily on either?

]]>Pages: 368

ISBN: 978-0596808334

Aimed at: Those with an aversion to maths

Rating: 4

Pros: Uses an approach that works

Cons: Doesn't go very far

Reviewed by: Mike James

2D geometry is basic to any attempt at programming graphics. Does this book succeed in introducing the ideas without frightening the non-mathematical reader?

]]>Pages: 288

ISBN: 978-1584885733

Aimed at: Statisticians interested in time series

Rating: 4

Pros: Practical approach

Cons: Assumes prior knowledge, R tucked away in appendix

Reviewed by: Mike James

The subtitle of this book "An Introduction Using R" suggests that it might be suitable for anyone considering a practical project. Is this correct?

]]>Publisher: O'Reilly, 2010

Pages: 832

ISBN: 978-0596520991

Aimed at: Users of Mathematica for science, engineering, finance

Rating: 3.5

Pros: Useful source of Mathematica examples

Cons: Let down by poor or missing explanation

Reviewed by: Mike James

Mathematica is a wonderful tool - can this book help you get more from it? ]]>

Pages: 944

ISBN:978-1848211964

Aimed at: Playful programmers

Rating: 4

Pros: A real world approach, makes combinatorics fun

Cons: If you want a pure math approach you may disapprove

Reviewed by: Mike James

With its coverage confined to matters combinatoric and the related probability theory, does this book's novel approach work?

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Publisher: World Scientific

Pages: 500

ISBN: 978-9814449328

Print: 9814449334

Kindle: B00KF43NF0

Audience: Competent mathematicians interested in computer graphics.

Rating: 4.5

Reviewer: Mike James

Math is the foundation of computer graphics and vision so this book seems like something your should read.

]]>Publisher: Oxford University Press USA

Pages: 366

ISBN: 978-0199756568

Aimed at: Puzzle fans and math enthusiasts

Rating: 4.5

Pros: Deep, interesting insights into math and combinatorics

Cons: Not for those who just want help in solving Sudokus

Reviewed by: Mike James

What can a book about taking Sudoku seriously tell you about this most popular pastime?

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