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 presentation:

“How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space” by Janna Levin — December 6 at 6:30 pm


Is the universe infinite or just really big?  With this question, the cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial book, but proves herself to be one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science.  For even as she sets out to determine how big “really big” may be, Levin gives us an intimate look at the day-to-day life of a globe-trotting physicist, complete with jet lag and romantic disturbances.

Nimbly synthesizing geometry, topology, and chaos and string theories, Levin shows how the pattern of hot and cold spots left over from the Big Bang may one day reveal the size and shape of the cosmos.  She does so with such originality, lucidity—and even poetry—that How the Universe Got Its Spots becomes a thrilling and deeply personal communication between a scientist and the lay reader.





Prior Volumes Selections

• 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 Erd?s 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