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Full title  Flatterland: Like Flatland, only more so ^{[permalink]} 

Language  English 
Author  Ian Stewart (author) 
Publisher  Basic Books 
Categories  Mathematics, novel and science fiction 
Publication year  2001 
ISBN  9780738206752 ^{[Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]} 
Pages  294 
Synopsis  Flatterland is sort of an unofficial sequel to Abbott's classic Flatland, written in modern nonVictorian English. Although Victorian English gave the original a pretty classy feel, Flatterland doesn't disappoint. Its aim is similar to that of the original: To explain new mathematical concepts to lay people in lay language. 
Review  The book succeeds brilliantly. It's filled with illustration to help visualize the concepts, and the stories around which the concepts are introduced are reminiscent of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (well, the fact that chapters have names like The Topologist's TeaParty and Along the LookingGlass probably helps), and this gives the book a whimsical tone (that's a benefit). Here's a sample:
The book also ventures a little into physics, explaining things like the Schrödinger's cat, the doubleslit experiment, time travel, and forces. But the meat of the book is mathematics. 
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Full title  Letters to a Young Mathematician ^{[permalink]} 

Language  English 
Author  Ian Stewart (author) 
Publisher  Basic Books 
Categories  Mathematics and science 
Publisher series  Art of Mentoring (1/15) 
Publication year  2007 
Original publication year  2006 
ISBN  9780465082322 ^{[Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]} 
Pages  203 
Synopsis  Letters to a Young Mathematician is written as an update on G. H. Hardy's classic A Mathematician's Apology, but the book is not an exercise in apologetics.
It follows an imaginary girl, Meg, from her school years through her ensuing career, and each chapter is a letter to her at crucial steps in her career. Some parts are musings on math (pure vs applied) while others are specific career tips (solitary work vs collaboration). The book is virtually devoid of any actual math, so I think it's safe for mathophobes. In fact, for this very reason, it might even help to partially cure the phobia of those unfortunately inflicted. 
Review  I really liked the lighthearted way the book is written. Perhaps someone who is planning on embarking on a mathematical career would enjoy it even more. 
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