|The Mathematical Tourist
Ivars Peterson||Freeman, 1988||ISBN: 0716719533
There's much in recent mathmatics that is of interest to the non-specialist - if you know the right place to look. In A Mathematical Tourist: snapshots of modern mathematics, Ivars Peterson, a sicence journalist, investigates some of the recent discoveries and finds all sort of fascinating topics to report on. There are prime numbers and their use in cryptography together with higher dimensional objects and how they apply to managing businesses. The chapter on Twists of Space looks at soap films, topology, new types of crystals and knot theory, with a description of how chemists have tried to create knotted molecules. And there's plenty on fractals, chaos, cellular automata, and a lot more besides.