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Volume 93 | Number 6 | November-December 2005

The Marvels of PostScript

George Francis

A review of Mathematical Illustrations: A Manual of Geometry and PostScript, by Bill Casselman. A PostScript tutorial that addresses the role of computer graphics in geometrical illustrations.

When Hotspots Get Too Hot

Norman Myers

A review of Climate Change and Biodiversity, edited by Thomas E. Lovejoy and Lee Hannah. Global warming could lead to the biggest mass extinction since that of the dinosaurs.

The Rise of Physics

Myles Jackson

A review of When Physics Became King, by Iwan Rhys Morus. A masterfully written analysis of the importance of physics to 19th-century economies and ideas of nationalism.

Bettor Math

Elwyn Berlekamp

A review of Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System that Beat the Casinos and Wall Street, by William Poundstone. How gamblers and investors have used the Kelly criterion to maximize the growth rate of their wealth.

Battling Bioinvaders

Harold Mooney

A review of Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion, by Alan Burdick. Is nature itself becoming the greatest threat to biological diversity?

Total Records : 15


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