Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician by Andre Weil

Great men write great books. Andre Weil was a great man, and he wrote many great books. The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician is one such book which I had the pleasure of reading recently. And I was very much moved by this book, which is a memoir of his early life from the time of his birth till the end of the World War II. Weil's standing as a mathematician extraordinaire is without question and I can hardly add anything of value about his work, being myself just a beginner. But his life itself was also extraordinary to say the least.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: A book review

When I first heard about this book, it seemed like any other biography of a woman apparently unheard of. A chance look at the blurb caught my attention and I suddenly remembered where I had come by that name. Henrietta Lacks was the woman behind the famous “HeLa” cells.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

what if? (Mini book Review)

This blog has been dormant for a while, mostly because the members were busy with many things, but let me break the ice once again. In the intervening two months, I have read a couple of non-fiction books, mostly based on science, and today I want to speak about one particular book that I enjoyed reading a lot. The book is called 'what if?' with the tag line 'Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions' by Randall Munroe, the creator of the highly successful webcomic xkcd.