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.


Einstein’s Dreams
by Alan Lightman
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 pm

On Thursday, April 27, Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams, will join the discussion at Volumes, the MoMath book club. A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In poetic vignettes, this book explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and, ultimately, the fragility of human existence.

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The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets
by Simon Singh
Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm

Did you know that Homer Simpson disproved Fermat’s last theorem? He did, or so it seemed, when he scribbled 398712 + 436512 = 447212 on a blackboard in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons. If Homer is right, then he has proved that the great 17th-century mathematician Fermat was wrong! Math is everywhere in the Simpsons’ world, from references that flash across the screen in an eye blink (such as Springfield’s Googolplex movie theater) to entire segments that explore deep mathematical concepts (like “Homer3” in 1995). Not content merely to point out the mathematical references, Singh uses them as a starting point for lively discussions of mathematical topics, anecdotes, and history. Even someone with no mathematical background will enjoy his accounts of the nature of infinity and the meaning of the number e, the life of the tragic genius Ramanujan, and the obsessions of Bill James, the oracle of baseball statistics.

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Upcoming Volumes Selections

(Schedule subject to change)
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• June 2017 Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Symmetry by Marcus du Sautoy

Prior Volumes Selections

The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
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