What We Are Reading Today: The Best Writing on Mathematics

Updated 17 November 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: The Best Writing on Mathematics

Author: Mircea Pitici

This annual anthology brings together the year’s finest mathematics writing from around the world.
Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2018 makes available to a wide audience many pieces not easily found anywhere else — and you don’t need to be a mathematician to enjoy them, according to a review on the Princeton University Press website.
These essays delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday aspects of math, offering surprising insights into its nature, meaning, and practice—and taking readers behind the scenes of today’s hottest mathematical debates.
James Grime shows how to build subtly mischievous dice for playing slightly unfair games and Michael Barany traces how our appreciation of the societal importance of mathematics has developed since World War II. This must-have anthology includes an introduction by the editor and a bibliography of other notable pieces on mathematics.


What We Are Reading Today: Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban

Updated 19 July 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban

  • She lectures frequently on the topic of pharmaceutical integrity

Katherine Eban, the author of Bottle of Lies, is an investigative reporter focusing on the pharmaceutical industry for many years.

She lectures frequently on the topic of pharmaceutical integrity.

In a review for The New York Times, critic David Dobbs said Bottle of Lies “is an invaluable exposé, a reportorial tour de force and a well-turned epic.”

A review in goodreads.com said Bottle of Lies “takes us into a world where generic drugs are designed and manufactured.”

“A decade-long investigation with international sweep, high-stakes brinkmanship and big money at its core, Bottle of Lies reveals how the world’s greatest public-health innovation has become one of its most astonishing swindles,” it added.

The review said Bottle of Lies “exposes the deceit behind generic-drug manufacturing— and the attendant risks for global health. Drawing on exclusive accounts from whistleblowers and regulators, as well as thousands of pages of confidential documents, Eban reveals an industry where fraud is rampant.”