Volumes, the MoMoMath book club
Love mathematics and books? Looking for a stimulating and fun discussion? Volumes, the MoMath book club, is just the thing for you. This reading group is designed especially for those interested in mathematics and science and how it affects our lives. No prior math or science background is necessary. Take a look at the upcoming Volumes meet-ups below.
A Doubter’s Almanac
by Ethan Canin
Thursday, January 19, 6:00 pm
Milo Andret is born with an unusual mind. A lonely child growing up in the woods of northern Michigan in the 1950s, he gives little thought to his own talent. But with his acceptance at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts. California in the ’70s is a seduction, opening Milo’s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence. The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there—and the rival he meets alongside her—will haunt him for the rest of his life, for Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence.
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Thursday, February 16, 6:00 pm
This is the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and entering the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
Cozy up to good reads from MoMath’s book clubs this winter, and take advantage of the great savings when you purchase the next six titles (January through June) as a bundle.
Upcoming Volumes Selections
|• Feb.||2017||—||Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly|
|• Mar.||2017||—||The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein|
|• Apr.||2017||—||Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman|
|• May||2017||—||The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh|
|• Jun.||2017||—||Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Symmetry by Marcus du Sautoy|
Prior Volumes Selections
• Finding Zero by Amir Aczel
• The Mathematician’s Shiva: A Novel by Stuart Rojstaczer
• Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence by Joseph Mazur
• Logicomix: An epic search for truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou
• Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So by Ian Stewart
• Pythagoras’ Revenge by Arturo Sangalli
• Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis
• The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan
• The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja
• The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ozawa