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November 6th, 2018, 12:38 PM   #1
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Math book for an arts genius?

I have sent this gentleman The Mathematical Century and Mathematics 1001, and he has given me books about primes, math biographies and references as holiday gifts in the past.

What different gift would be appropriate for a person whose chief interests are 20th century literature, and has a grasp of college math?

I was thinking of an entertaining book on codes, from before Caesar ciphers up to quantum cryptography.

Any suggestions?
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November 6th, 2018, 01:46 PM   #2
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Chaos by James Gleick.
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November 6th, 2018, 03:40 PM   #3
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Fantastic book; I'll certainly consider it. My favorite quote (paraphrase): "...kick your proofreader squarely in the crotch!"
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November 6th, 2018, 10:43 PM   #4
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Pardon, the quote comes from https://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/04/b...e-mailman.html

or Google:

UH-OH, HERE COMES THE MAILMAN
By JAMES GLEICK MARCH 4, 1990

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Do you know a book on introduction to cryptography for this humanities major?
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A Mathematician's Apology by Hardy. The edition with the forward on the Science/Literature divide by C.P. Snow.1967 edition according to Wiki



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Sober, but wow! My friend served in the Vietnam war, and is now a pacifist of about 71 years old, reminiscent of Hardy then.

I am fairly sure that he has never read "Apology." I had avoided considering the fate of a mathematician's powers, which seem to require an original brain.
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