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NEW MATHEMATICAL COLORING BOOK (MATHEMATICS OF COLORING AND THE COLORFUL LIFE OF
SOIFER, ALEXANDER
 Springer
 11 Mars 2024
 9781071635971
The New Mathematical Coloring Book (TNMCB) includes striking results of the past 15year renaissance that produced new approaches, advances, and solutions to problems from the first edition. A large part of the new edition "Ask what your computer can do for you," presents the recent breakthrough by Aubrey de Grey and works by Marijn Heule, Jaan Parts, Geoffrey Exoo, and Dan Ismailescu. TNMCB introduces new open problems and conjectures that will pave the way to the future keeping the book in the center of the field. TNMCB presents mathematics of coloring as an evolution of ideas, with biographies of their creators and historical setting of the world around them, and the world around us.
A new thing in the world at the time, TMCB I is now joined by a colossal sibling containing more than twice as much of what only Alexander Soifer can deliver: an interweaving of mathematics with history and biography, wellseasoned with controversy and opinion. Peter D. Johnson, Jr.Auburn University
Like TMCB I, TMCB II is a unique combination of Mathematics, History, and Biography written by a skilled journalist who has been intimately involved with the story for the last halfcentury. ...The nature of the subject makes much of the material accessible to students, but also of interest to working Mathematicians. ... In addition to learning some wonderful Mathematics, students will learn to appreciate the influences of Paul Erdos, Ron Graham, and others.Geoffrey ExooIndiana State University
The beautiful and unique Mathematical coloring book of Alexander Soifer is another case of "good mathematics", containing a lot of similar examples (it is not by chance that Szemerédi's Theorem story is included as well) and presenting mathematics as both a science and an art...Peter MihókMathematical Reviews, MathSciNet
A postman came to the door with a copy of the masterpiece of the century. I thank you and the mathematics community should thank you for years to come. You have set a standard for writing about mathematics and mathematicians that will be hard to match. Harold W. KuhnPrinceton University
I have never encountered a book of this kind. The best description of it I can give is that it is a mystery novel... I found it hard to stop reading before I finished (in two days) the whole text. Soifer engages the reader's attention not only mathematically, but emotionally and esthetically. May you enjoy the book as much as I did! Branko GrünbaumUniversity of Washington
I am in absolute awe of your 2008 book.
Aubrey D.N.J. de GreyLEV Foundation 
This book gathers the best presentations from the Topic Study Group 30: Mathematics Competitions at ICME13 in Hamburg, and some from related groups, focusing on the field of working with gifted students. Each of the chapters includes not only original ideas, but also original mathematical problems and their solutions. The book is a valuable resource for researchers in mathematics education, secondary and college mathematics teachers around the globe as well as their gifted students.

This is a unique type of book; at least, I have never encountered a book of this kind. The best description of it I can give is that it is a mystery novel, developing on three levels, and imbued with both educational and philosophical/moral issues. If this summary description does not help understanding the particular character and allure of the book, possibly a more detailed explanation will be found useful. One of the primary goals of the author is to interest readersin particular, young mathematiciansorpossiblypremathematiciansinthefascinatingworldofelegant and easily understandable problems, for which no particular mathematical kno edge is necessary, but which are very far from being easily solved. In fact, the prototype of such problems is the following: If each point of the plane is to be given a color, how many colors do we need if every two points at unit distance are to receive distinct colors? More than half a century ago it was established that the least number of colorsneeded for such a coloring is either 4, or 5, or 6 or 7. Well, which is it? Despite efforts by a legion of very bright peoplemany of whom developed whole branches of mathematics and solved problems that seemed much hardernot a single advance towards the answer has been made. This mystery, and scores of other similarly simple questions, form one level of mysteries explored. In doing this, the author presents a whole lot of attractive results in an engaging way, and with increasing level of depth.

The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden
Alexander Soifer
 Birkhäuser
 12 Novembre 2014
 9783034807128
Bartel Leendert van der Waerden made major contributions to algebraic geometry, abstract algebra, quantum mechanics, and other fields. He liberally published on the history of mathematics. His 2volume work Modern Algebra is one of the most influential and popular mathematical books ever written. It is therefore surprising that no monograph has been dedicated to his life and work. Van der Waerden's record is complex. In attempting to understand his life, the author assembled thousands of documents from numerous archives in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States which revealed fascinating and often surprising new information about van der Waerden. Soifer traces Van der Waerden's early years in a family of great Dutch public servants, his life as professor in Leipzig during the entire Nazi period, and his personal and professional friendship with one of the great physicists Werner Heisenberg. We encounter heroes and villains and a much more numerous group in between these two extremes. One of them is the subject of this book. Soifer's journey through a long list of archives, combined with an intensive correspondence, had uncovered numerous details of Van der Waerden's German intermezzo that raised serious questions and reproaches. Dirk van Dalen (Philosophy, Utrecht University)Professor Soifer's book implicates the anthropologists' and culture historians' core interest in the evolution of culture and in the progress of human evolution itself on this small contested planet. James W. Fernandez (Anthropology, University of Chicago)The book is fascinating. Professor Soifer has done a great service to the discipline of history, as well as deepening our understanding of the 20th century. Peter D. Johnson, Jr. (Mathematics, Auburn University)This book is an important contribution to the history of the twentieth century, and reads like a novel with an everfascinating cast of characters. Harold W. Kuhn (Mathematics, Princeton University)This is a most impressive and important book. It is written in an engaging, very personal style and challenges the reader's ability of moral and historical judgment. While it is not always written in the style of `objective' professional historiography, it satisfies very high standards of scholarly documentation. Indeed the book contains a wealth of source material that allows the reader to form a highly detailed picture of the events and personalities discussed in the book. As an exemplar of historical writing in a broader sense it can compete with any other historical book.Moritz Epple (History of Mathematics, Frankfurt University)

Ramsey theory is a relatively "new," approximately 100 yearold direction of fascinating mathematical thought that touches on many classic fields of mathematics such as combinatorics, number theory, geometry, ergodic theory, topology, combinatorial geometry, set theory, and measure theory. Ramsey theory possesses its own unifying ideas, and some of its results are among the most beautiful theorems of mathematics. The underlying theme of Ramsey theory can be formulated as: any finite coloring of a large enough system contains a monochromatic subsystem of higher degree of organization than the system itself, or as T.S. Motzkin famously put it, absolute disorder is impossible.
Ramsey Theory: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow explores the theory's history, recent developments, and some promising future directions through invited surveys written by prominent researchers in the field. The first three surveys provide historical background on the subject; the last three address Euclidean Ramsey theory and related coloring problems. In addition, open problems posed throughout the volume and in the concluding open problem chapter will appeal to graduate students and mathematicians alike.