SoM Celebrates #NationalBookLoversDay!

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SoM Celebrates #NationalBookLoversDay!

While the summer is a great time to relax and have fun, straying engaged mentally is critical! Nothing keeps the mind sharp and focused better than curling up with a good book! Join us on Aug. 9 as we celebrate National Book Lovers Day and visit your local bookstore or library to pick up one of these inspiring books about some key figures in mathematical history!

 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
By Margot Lee Shetterly

Known as “human computers,” Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, overcame discrimination in the height of America’s civil rights movement to become key figures at NASA. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Hidden Figures tells the true story of the three black female mathematicians who set the stage for some of America’s greatest achievements in space by helping NASA engineers solve complex problems during the nation’s intense “space race” with the Soviet Union.

 

“Much as Tom Wolfe did in “The Right Stuff”, Shetterly moves gracefully between the women’s lives and the broader sweep of history . . . Shetterly, who grew up in Hampton, blends impressive research with an enormous amount of heart in telling these stories.” (Boston Globe)

 

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

By Ashlee Vance

Award-winning tech journalist Ashlee Vance gives an inside look into the life and times of Elon Musk, whose revolutionary companies PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity have changed the world as we know it. As we see more-and-more electric vehicles hit the road, learn about Musk, one of the key figures in the development of the world’s leading technologies in this tell-all story featuring exclusive interviews with the man himself.


"Exhaustively reported . . . this work will likely serve as the definitive account of a man whom so far we've seen mostly through caricature. By the final pages, too, any reader will sense the need to put comparisons to Steve Jobs aside. Give Musk credit. There is no one like him." (The New York Times)

 

Alan Turing: The Enigma
By Andrew Hodges
Dive deeper into the story of renowned British mathematician and father of computer science Alan Turing, which inspired the Best Picture-nominated film, “The Imitation Game.” This New York Times bestseller provides a riveting look at the life and death of Turing, whose brilliance played a critical role in the Allied victory over the Nazi forces during World War II.

 

"Andrew Hodges' 1983 book Alan Turing: The Enigma, is the indispensable guide to Turing's life and work and one of the finest biographies of a scientific genius ever written." (Los Angeles Times)

 

A Beautiful Mind
By Sylvia Nasar
This #1 New York Times bestselling biography spans the career of Nobel Prize-winning mathematician Jon Nash, whose game theory, the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision makers, has found a wide range of applications to economics, politics, computer science and psychology.

 

“Superbly written and eminently fascinating.” (Boston Globe)

 

What are you reading this #NationalBookLoversDay? Let us know in the comments section! 

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