Volumes, the MoMath 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 they affect our lives.  No prior math or science background is necessary.

Next book club discussion:

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

May 23 at 6:30 pm

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin book cover

Join MoMath to discuss astrophysicist Janna Levin’s A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, a novel that bridges fiction and nonfiction to bring together Kurt Gödel, the logician whose Incompleteness Theorems challenged mainstream philosophy, and Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the Nazi Enigma Code.  Taken together, Gödel’s and Turing’s work proved that truth is elusive, that knowledge has limits, and that machines could think.  Though the two never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another — both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends.  In this story of coded secrets, psychotic delusions, mathematical truth, and lies, Levin intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era. 


Prior Volumes Selections

• Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz
• The Shape of a Life by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis
The Prime Number Conspiracy edited by Thomas Lin
The Art of Logic in an Illogical World by Dr. Eugenia Cheng
How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space by Janna Levin
HELLO WORLD: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim Holt
Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics by Sunil Singh
Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math by Alex Bellos
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
Who Killed Professor X? by Thodoris Andriopoulos
The Wild Numbers by Philibert Schogt
Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez
A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel by Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal
Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy
The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
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