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.

Trial

Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom
by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez
Thursday, August 24, 6:30 pm

Math on Trial has all the marks of a good mystery: tense conflicts, diverse characters and shocking conclusions… Mathematicians Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez describe ten trials from the nineteenth century to the present, in which mathematical arguments were used—and disastrously misused—as evidence. It tells the real story of frauds and forgeries involving the likes of Charles Ponzi, Hetty Green, and Alfred Dreyfus, among others.

Numerical errors are not unique to the courtroom: similar issues crop up elsewhere in life, which makes this book’s message even more important. Gripping and insightful, it successfully highlights the dangers of carelessly sprinkling mathematics over real-world problems. Math on Trial is intrinsically fascinating in its depiction of the frailty of human judgments.

Plus, author Coralie Colmez will join us for the first part of the discussion!

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Trial

The Wild Numbers
by Philibert Schogt
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 pm

As a mathematician — not an outstanding one, but a competent, unextraordinary pencil-pusher — Professor Isaac Swift is constantly told that it’s the prodigies of his profession, the burning suns of his little universe, that advance human knowledge. Now Isaac thinks he’s found the solution to ‘Beauregard’s Wild Number problem,’ the puzzle that has stumped savants the world over for centuries. And Dimitri, his mentor at the university, a great mathematician himself, thinks Isaac has cracked it. If so, Isaac will have elevated himself to the ranks of the immortals. But an accusation of plagiarism from the tweed-clad mature student Leonard Vale creates a storm of violence and anguish that threatens to disrupt both the university and Isaac’s sanity. The Wild Numbers is a gripping story about self-doubt, ambition, and delusion.

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Prior Volumes Selections

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